on 22 August 2011
To me, The Haxan Cloak is the sound of...
Witchcraft, dark forests, John Carpenter soundtracks, The Wicker Man, lonely country roads, The Third Ear Band, Wendy Carlos synth drones, the ghost stories of MR James, The Awakening Of Jacob, white noise, Poltergeist thuds, cello scrapes, a dark figure glimpsed in the corner of your eye, Goblin, winter sunsets, the electric charge in the air before a thunderstorm...
The eight instrumental pieces on Bobby Krlic's frighteningly self-assured debut album are all of these things, yet filtered through Krlic's brilliantly dense sonic imprint they become utterly unique. This young man has seemingly emerged from nowhere to create the most terrifyingly beautiful album since Barre Phillips' "Mountainscapes".
What does The Haxan Cloak sound like to you?
on 15 August 2012
I'm afraid I found this extremely dull. It tries to tick a lot of currently fashionable boxes - horror soundtracks and the rest - but to my ears it amounts to nothing beyond a series of tired gothic cliches. Demdyke Stare and some of the doomjazz people do slightly similar things slightly better, but the witchy, haunty signifiers are too obvious and predictable all round: few representatives of this genre have enough ideas to sustain a whole CD, in my humble opinion.