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Klaus Lang - Organ Works Vol 1 [God Records - 2015]

Klaus Lang  is an Austrian composer, concert organist, & improviser. This vinyl release offers up two twenty to twenty five minute pieces of thickening & slowly shifting sonics for the organ.

On the first side we have "17 symmetrien"- this track is built around slowly shifting layers of organ sustain & hover.  The track has a rather nicely brooding & semi-angular feeling about it, as one layer of sustained & sinister organ simmer feeds into another, building up and up the thick-ness of the track. It’s like the sonic equivalent of watching a dense mesh of grimy & dirty colours slowly move & meld, or the eerier shifting swirling thickening mass of shadows. With-in the mesh of organ layers you can make out the instruments more rising /religious tinged qualities, and at others the instruments more deep/ dense simmering black-ness.  At times the mass seems to thin back briefly to one or two layers of organ, but fairly soon the dense ‘wall’ of sound returns once again.

Track two is entitled "Mars Attack", and fittingly this starts off with a single organ creating a slowed  down version of the classic hovering UFO sound. As the track moves along into its first minute you can make out can make out a mix of rising sub-organ tones & snapping peddle detail. Then at the two minute mark this circling mass of amassed organs takes centre stage- from this point onwards the track moves between sudden dense amassed organ sustains, and more pared back shifting layers of organ tone; where you can define more single organ detail. In it’s last few minutes the track pares back to more angular hovering/drone layers, which brings us nicely back to the UFO sound like setting again.

So if you like often dense, sometimes angular & brooding organ based drone work this is worth a look, and I looking forward to hearing more of Mr Lang’s other work.

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Roger Batty
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