Boomkat Product Review:
It's been almost 4 years since the release of Deaf Center's hugely acclaimed "Pale Ravine" album, surely one of the definitive Modern Classical/Widescreen releases of the last few years. Since then the band (made up of Norway's Erik Skodvin and Otto Totland) have been taking their time getting the follow-up together while Skodvin has released much sought-after material under the Svarte Greiner moniker for the Type and A Room Forever imprints. This precious 7" has been in the making for a while (in fact we can't quite believe it's finally here) - pressed up in a limited run of 400 copies for the world that will no doubt barely touch the sides - demand for anything remotely associated with Deaf Center is crazy, as so many of you will no doubt already know. The material itself is overwhelming, the title track sounding like Bernard Herrmann's classic soundtrack to Taxi Driver, stripped and enriched with layered elements that at turns remind us of Angelo Badalementi, Arvo Part, Ry Cooder, and Alberto Iglesias - and it's just one of the most arresting and beautiful things you'll hear this year. Over to the flipside, and there are two further tracks of dense bliss, the first "Ashes" layers strings to form a harrowing mass of cathartic tension, while "Close" introduces a shimmering, evocative piano trail to nudge your vision out of focus and send you into a daydream retreat. It's epic, utterly beautiful material and, no doubt, one of the most collectable and precious releases of the year. Essential Purchase - this isn't a release you want to miss out on!