Boomkat Product Review:
Sutekh's Seth Horvitz has always been a masterful sonic technician and on this latest project he infuses his remarkable abilities as an electronic musician with references to one of classical music's greatest ever figures. Last year Sutekh was recruited for a special performance titled Bach To The Moon at Paris' Theatre Du Chatelet. He was the only electronic artist present, and was challenged with creating a Bach-inspired set. The fully developed end product of this ambitious project is captured on this brand new album, Horvitz's first full-length since 2002. Twisting MIDI data of Bach chorales, florid arpeggiated passages and recordings of ancient pipe organs all figure heavily in Sutekh's interpretations, but you won't encounter too many direct references to Bach's music. Instead the Sutekh sound adopts high-end abstract sound designs and incisive, complex bouts of synthesis to get into the spirit of the great composer. The results range from the playful 4/4 weirdness of 'Repulsion By Slit And Roundabout' to the piano-dissecting concrète piece 'All Men Must Die (For Glenn Gould)'. This would hardly seem like a Bach tribute if organ music were to be omitted from the equation though, and sure enough the album ends on a suitably hair-raising, pipe-powered concoction: 'The Last Hour' gets all cacophonous, melting droning chords into the atmosphere, detuning them way beyond breaking point. Good stuff.