“Stillastående tonverk, blek månmusik. En svit faux kosmische orkastraler.”
This week of gloomy lo-fi tape loops continues with the second release by Hibiskofon! Another example of sad and dreary church chamber music composition. Unknown and from the darkest depths, emerges a lonesome relic ,from the sadness parish Fobos. Tusen År Under Jord is a study in grief, vigils, and hopelessness of the highest panoply!
Tusen År Under Jord was released this year by the small independent record label Hibiskofon, although also available through a few select distros, like Ætergap, though it is already sold out there. As tradition with these types of cassettes it is only printed in a very limited edition, this time, only 100 copies, of which the first 50 includes a unique inlay.
Imagine, if you will, a black and white avant-garde film about the procession and bitter acceptance of death; and Sorgsendömet Fobos is its well fitting and venerate soundtrack. Every sound wave and note from this cassette is perfectly and carefully constructed to make sure that every second of this cassette gives of an impenetrable atmosphere of dark, desolate, and sorrowful grief. But never does it sink to the lows of angsty teenagers; Tusen År Under Jord keeps its honour intact and holds its head up high through all the sad and depressive tones. It is a funeral feast for all the forlorn and times fallen-from-grace; an epitome for courts and royalty, in dark and lost woods.
Sorgsendömet Fobos uses tape loops of organs, strings, and no other samples, except for instruments and gramophone crackles. Thanks to this it gets its more mature and reverential aura. It’s quite similar to The Caretaker’s very emotional style, but a bit more quieter.
Ever want to emphasise the feeling of a sombre, melancholic, and depressive funeral feast? Then there is no more fitting cassette than Sorgsendömet Fobos, by one of Sweden’s finest lo-fi, atmosphere creator!
POMPA & GRÅT!
A & B:
I. Sorgsendömet Fobos