Karda Estra: Thirteen from the Twenty First; (CD, 51:37) No Image Records NICD13, 2000 Cyberhome: http://www.kardaestra.co.uk Imagine Univers Zero, Renaissance, Mike Oldfield, and Curved Air decided to collaborate and hired John Williams or Alan Hovahness to help orchestrate a visual musick journey into a parallel world where vision was to hear and sound was the vehicle for sight. Ethereal female voices, an all female chamber orchestra of eclectic reed and wind and string wonders, a one-man band/composer of guitars, bass, samples, synths, percussion effects and experimentals -- all lead you into an alternate universe of dream and eerie reverie. I sat on this release a very long time as I was the promo agent for Karda Estra at certain dot-com and didn't want to seem overly positive about a client's works that I directly profited from. Well, that era is past. And I must say this is a superb and unique work. If you enjoy film soundtracks inspired by famous surrealistic art, minimalism, and film noir soundtracks then by all means seek this out. Compositions are interesting, well-crafted, and relaxingly disturbed. If you are prone to nightmares or anxiety attacks, be forewarned -- Karda Estra is viral vector for dread, loathing, opiate-driven visions, and "the creeps". I found it a delicious aural treat as I am so inspired thusly, to perhaps finish writing a short story of horror/sci-fi/fantasy began in 1997 . . . (a disturbingly precognitive excerpt from it follows) . . . . . . The floor curves beneath his feet as paper and glass shards dance about his ankles. An eerie howl of twisted steel and deforming matter grinds the hallways with derisive echoes. He shouts at panicked workers fleeing the wrong way. Tines avoids elevators figuring they are all contorted throats feeding the Hunger of the Void. How can he escape this place? Where is out when up is being pulled into down? As if to answer his quandary he spies a crack at the base of the wall. It is at the end of the hallway he is stumbling and pitching along. He falters, turning to see the chaos nears, studded with spikes of I-beam and armored now with the flotsam of human remains. Floor and ceiling tiles pummel Tines as the floor tips to near vertical. Wallboard splits and ruptures itself free breaking over his torso. Tines begins to believe this is no blind force of physics gone awry but a sentient fury of unending hunger . . . Discover multi-instrumentalist and composer Richard Wileman's Karda Estra genius for yourself. You will be effected in ways you will not soon forget. Highly recommended art rock/ chamber orchestra visual themes. ~ John W. Patterson, EER-MUSIC.com Tracks: 13 tracks of strange genius with equally bizarre names await you . . . Personnel: Richard Wileman - guitars, bass, samples, synths, percussion effects and experimentals, Ileesha Bailey - vox, Caron Hansford - woodwinds, Zoe King - flute, woodwinds, Rachel Larkins - strings
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