Boomkat Product Review:
Convincingly bleak, high-minded material from composer and sound artist Siavash Amini in collaboration with author Eugene Thacker. Claustrophobic, heavily processed doomdrones for anyone into Helm, Félicia Atkinson or Yann Novak.
Unfathomably prolific, Amini has released over 20 albums in the last decade, and "Songs for Sad Poets" follows his Hallowed Ground-released "TAR" and "FORAS". Here he teams up with New York-based poet Thacker, a writer whose poetry and philosophical works are intertwined. It's solid inspiration for Amini, who uses sound to interpret Thacker's poetry: none of the poems are read out loud on the tracks, but Amini's sonic treatments are meant to correspond to the words. The album is informed by the legacy of cursed poets ("poètes maudits") and the German-language tradition of song cycles, but despite being so steeped in history and tradition it doesn't take a handful of Masters degrees to get yer head around this one.
Amini is a gifted engineer, and uses processed instruments, field recordings and blasted electronics to create a constantly-moving atmosphere that sounds poetic without succumbing to the usual airs and graces.