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Horo shaman, Liam Blackburn (Akkord, Indigo) dons his Ancestral Voices mask in pursuit of the same metaphysical spirits whom inhabited his Night Of Visions (2015) album and Old Earth Voodoo 12” from earlier in 2016.
Taking its inspiration from psychedelic drugs and ritual as much as the lineage of darkside UK dance music, Yantra ploughs four deep, mindful furrows of wide drones and decelerated beats dragging us down into hypnotic halfstep temporalities.
Yantra hovers into view with floating vocal tones lapped with lush, treacly bass drones, gradually amassing a spiritual weight that tips over the edge into rolling tribal rhythm recalling Cut Hands. Eiyani follows in that wake with more impending feel, lowering the ceiling to a heavy black mass over rumbling, distant drum rolls leavened only by angelic chorales.
Priests of Mu finds Ancestral Voices at his most cinematic-visionary with tentative hooks luring jus into a scene of bleak enlightenment, whilst the shimmering steppers flux of Jadian Sun offers a glimmer of hope on the dawning horizon.