Eyvind Kang, ‘Athlantis’ (Ipecac)
When not scoring strings for Blonde Redhead or scouring them alongside John Zorn or Sun City Girls, Seattle-based violinist Eyvind Kang imagines his own idiosyncratic compositions (like 2002’s ambient dirge Live Low to the Earth, in the Iron Age). But even in the context of such outré players, Athlantis, Kang’s second disc for Ipecac, is truly out there. Inspired by Renaissance-era texts, he utilizes the voices of Mike Patton and Jessika Kenney to render his chillingly phantasmal choral arrangements. Think the monolith scene from 2001 as rendered by Mr. Bungle and you’re almost there.
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