Seasons In Hell
Seasons in Hell is from Antoni Maiovvi on the excellent Castles in Space records. It’s not terribly new, dating from last November, but it is a rather fine piece of electronica. And it has the added bonus of coming as “limited edition double 7″ single in a gatefold sleeve, pressed on British Summer/Russian Winter themed coloured wax.”
British Summer is both pastoral in its yearning and quite primitive in its approach. There are bits of early Cabaret Voltaire, some early 80s Bill Nelson and Linn drums. It is a beautiful track. Missing is a more ominous piece, slower in pace and takes slightly too long to unfold. Russian Winter is sadly short of Balalaikas or a sense of Marching Across Red Square. But it does have a frosty appeal and a nihilistic sense. The final track is Thalassa. This is unsettlingly, almost watery, off kilter ambient, which is probably right for a track named after a sea goddess.