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The pieces that make up The Eureka Tapes (The Complete Recordings) were all created while Hoor-paar-Kraat’s Anthony Mangicapra was living in the town of Eureka, California. Indeed, the town’s name is apt as they represent a “Eurekamoment” for Hoor-paar-Kraat as a musical entity; a figurative spilling of the bath waters as Hoor-paar-Kraat found their sound. The hints of alchemical transcendence that peeped through the cracks of previous releases come brazenly into view throughout Eureka Tapes (The Complete Recordings). Music dissolves into explorations of texture, acoustic phenomena and the psyche.
Originally issued as three separate volumes in a variety of hard to find formats (A Whisper in the Sow’s Ear, a 3” CD; Graduating from Clocks to Watches C55 and Taxonomy of Divine Organisms, a CDr made to accompany, and sold only at, Mangicapra’s exhibit of paintings, “Above & Below”), The Eureka Tapes (The Complete Recordings) collects the three original volumes. In addition to the original releases,The Eureka Tapes (The Complete Recordings) also includes Hoor-paar-Kraat’s side of their split cassette with Last and a previously unreleased recording from the same sessions. Spanning styles and moods like some kind of emotional suspension bridge, Hoor-paar-Kraat’s music finds itself traveling the same surreal by-ways as Nurse With Wound, irr. app. (ext.), The Hafler Trio and Coil’s more ritualistic output. - bassesfrequences.wordpress.com/
This double CD consists of recordings previously released as extremely limited CDRs and tapes on labels such as Small Doses, Peasant Magik, Goat Eat Arts and Acid Casualty Productions. The first release in this series, 3″ CD-R A Whisper In The Sow’s Ear, consists of a lot of scraping and piercing feedback, and I find it hard to listen to. However, the tracks on the hourlong cassette release Graduating From Clocks To Watches are quite interesting. Still plenty of metallic scraping, but it’s controlled better, and there’s more elements introduced in the mix. “Habit And The Smooth Sailing Of The Psyche” features some warped, cracked electronics. “Relics Of The Inheritance” utilizes some intensely edited sounds (possibly a music box and a ukulele) along with some demented spoken vocals. “The Broken Windows Of A Fertile World” introduces doomy bass guitar, rainstorm sounds, and wimpering feedback. An intense rhythmic noise track called “The Self Is An Onion Self” ends the disc.
Most of disc 2 consists of Taxonomy of Divine Organisms, a limited CDR released in conjunction with an art exhibition of Hoor-paar-Kraat mastermind Anthony Mangicapra’s works. The album is a very strange collage of manipulated voices, rusty trumpet, more scraping and crashing sounds, some turntable manipulation, and more dark drone. Best of all is the longest piece on the disc, “By The Light Of The Morning Star”, which drifts backwards like a late night drive in reverse. After a thumping, clanging piece from a split cassette with last, the disc ends with an unreleased track, another strange backwards collage called “Sobbing Peaks Backward Twins”.
Hoor-paar-Kraat’s music is strange and cryptic, and it’s not quite clear what’s going to happen when you first put on the first disc. But the entire 2-disc set covers a pretty wide range of experimental sounds, and at its best, it is quite captivating. - Paul Simpson
With well over 20 releases to its name, Anthony Mangicapra's Hoor-paar-Kraat project has taken on many guises over the years, containing no less than 14 different collaborators over the course of its varied discography. No matter the personnel though, the unit has consistently pushed at the boundaries between drone, noise and musique concrète to masterful effect. Here, Mangicapra teams up with four cohorts and comes up with a beautifully consistent and thematically realized piece. That it has been printed in a relatively large run (for this sort of release anyway...) of 200 is good news, but unfortunately not so good that anyone who wants one can afford to bide their time should they desire a copy. Such is the tape world I suppose; c'est la vie.
Consistent with the standard working mode of the band, this release tip-toes around the darker precipices of its various genre dabblings without ever submerging into total blackness. Spread across the six lengthy tracks are thick and tactile dronescapes, disturbed vocal babblings, and creepy guitar dirges atop squawking synthesizer cries. This dark and mysterious atmosphere, consistent with the group's enigmatic existence, is hardly a dip in the relatively safe waters of the overdone doom and gloom rock pursued by so many though; Hoor-paar-Kraat merely use this as a starting point from which to uncover deeper pockets of mystery. That they never tell their listener exactly how to feel is one of the great--and ultimately frightening--strengths they display.
Each track here more or less represents a single approach, and the patience exhibited in working within those specific and relatively limited fields makes each piece its own whole without becoming so cluttered as to take away from the album's sense of focus. The first side, for example, opens with "Lacking a Cast Shadow," a slow and smooth drone buildup that shimmers with gray stillness as swathes of air bellow beneath scratching claws and tiny bells. Nearly unmoving, the piece serves as a palette cleanser, easing the listener into the decidedly more elusive and eerie version of bleak pursued on "Habit and the Smooth Sailing of the Psyche." That this too finds its groove, opting for odd tape clatterings and distant, crawling gamelan moves that keep the descending trajectory of the album as restrained and patient as possible.
If the first side of the tape is the journey downward—especially with the closing "departure of the Icicle Man" and its dark and knotty drone loops—then the second side is the arrival and subsequent blind exploration of that realm. "Relics of the Inheritance" features odd guitar string tuggings and hollowed out verbal ramblings that leave little to grasp on to. That the group is willing to do so is wholly unsettling, and remarkably effective as a logical progression from the hints of this amorphous approach presented on the first side.
Perhaps the most oblique and overtly gloomy material on the tape is found on "The Broken windows of a Fertile World," whose bird calls and playground chatter hover menacingly under austere guitar explorations. This is a sparse and dismal landscape indeed, but Hoor-paar-Kraat handles it as delicately as it does everything here; the piece never erupts with anything near a climax, instead floating with delicate hostility whose unending patience grinds any safety net to a pulp, leaving you fully unsuspecting of the harsh blasts of static din that erupt on the closing "The Self is an Onion-Self."
The keen sense of timing and clear division between approaches on each side marks the basement academicism of the release. While many artists working in this vein achieve liftoff with nearly every track, it is refreshing to hear a unit at work that understands the power of sonic confinement and the dire connotations of time. While the title may suggest a technological move forward, it also means that the clock is always present, counting down the hours one by one to be monitored at your convenience. And this is just the sort of dark momentum forged from track to track as this fully realized outing unfolds. - brainwashed.com/
- Lacking a Cast Shadow
- Departure of the Icicle Man
- Relics of the Inheritance
Night Soil (2013) streaming
New release by Hoor-paar-Kraat, limited to a hand-made edition of 96 copies. These recordings which compile this album were the product of self imposed isolation, the writings of Christopher Hyatt & Peter Carroll, Luigi Russolo’s occultist connections and Piedmontese wines. Conceptually, they were all guilty.
The double-disc The Eureka Tapes (Small Doses, 2011) compiles rarities and unreleased material. - www.scaruffi.com/