Istanbul-based Galen recorded these
extended vocals in Oslo and itís a marvel. 35 short pieces of inspired
work, it reminds me of listening to Meredith Monkís Dolmen Music
for the first time. In other words, itís ear-opening and some of the
best in this niche ever recorded. Not exactly like Monkís work because
itís not composed (at least as far as I can tell). Moans, wails, wavery
speech, lamentations, screams, ruminations, purgations, overtone
singing-itís a heady collection, and not for the faint of heart. Itís
astonishing, ground-breaking and fearless, too. I canít identify for
sure any of the languages he sometimes sings in and I donít want to, it
would only spoil the mystery. Itís finally more outrť than Monk, more
varied than Diamanda Galas. Impeccably recorded with plenty of echo
where it counts, just at the times when it needs extra dramatic punch.
One of the most arresting cdís Iíve ever reviewed.