Sudatsuga
Hain-Ba Sun Hex


4.5
superb

Review

by Michael Snoxall USER (3 Reviews)
March 27th, 2013 | 421 replies


Release Date: 2013 | Tracklist


On 2012’s Blue Moon Saiyeed, Sudatsuga’s sound was that of a psychedelic tribal experimentalism that did a frightfully fantastic job of presenting the challenge of dark, encompassing ditties that, even when upbeat, felt harrowing and constricting. If Blue Moon Saiyeed was the initial step into something bold, black and beautiful, it could barely have made a clear enough statement of what was to come. Sudatsuga’s sophomore album, Hain-Ba Sun Hex, builds upon everything found prior and unleashes it tenfold. It’s longer, it’s denser and it’s more understandable as a whole, taking advantage of its claustrophobic atmospheres and breathing life into the music. Stepping out of the darkness, Hain-Ba Sun Hex gently crawls into rays of sunlight with a more natural flow and concentration of ideas. Where Blue Moon Saiyeed felt disjointed and not completely aware of what it was trying to be, Hain-Ba Sun Hex picks up the pieces and fully realises its potential--

--and it’s not completely understood until the third track starts. Following the first two tracks, which more or less felt like a continuation of ideas from the debut with their soft, even playful natures of cautiously strummed tunes with eerie vocals and perky percussion, ‘Flagrant Gadis (Weeping Goddess)’ jumps in with both feet in a gorgeous arrangement of dissonant droning and reverb-ridden drum beats sounding off. It feels like stepping out of a cave and into a vast desert of light, torture and helplessness, the harsh sun beating upon your bare chest with its still violence. But it’s here where the album really begins to represent some kind of trip. The wide array of sounds and textures presented all through the album from this point on present different atmospheres, feelings and evokes many different images. From trekking deep deserts to being coldly calm in a darkened wood, watching trees rustle under the force of the wind to being trapped in a cavern with only an echo surrounding. The little riffs and melodies played throughout Hain-Ba Sun Hex are memorable and much more engaging than any of Sudatsuga’s prior works, all helping to build the thick threshold the album takes you through. Songs shift and change dynamics, quieting to nothing but a whisper with twisted musical arrangements being found even in the most elementary of sounds, drones boom and roar and click and run around the listener’s head.

The harmonies found here seem to be much more developed, songs like ‘Locust Leaves’ presenting an almost perfect example of ethereal mandolin riffs and vocal ‘hooks’ that bounce off of the beat to create something really unique and wholly enjoyable in all aspects, especially when they’re sent into a meat grinder of distortion and a fuller spectrum of sound as the song evolves. Sudatsuga makes use of fuzzy, static sounds to his advantage as an artist, creating pulsing beats that really elevate the music, most notably in ‘Earthly Saahngrae’, in which a Boris-esque riff is developed alongside, then introduced are low crooning vocals, slowly sung alongside a softer, higher singing voice to counter the low croons. It’s quite something to listen to each song progress, ‘Earthly Saahngrae’ becoming its own antithesis at the midway point where it slows and develops into a medley of haunting repetitious chants and a static hissing that at times sounds like painful, intense screaming and ever-building crashing and loudening strums of strings.

And throughout the whole record, the songs rely on these same interactions, juxtapositions between the fuzzy warmth of the slower tracks and the haunting horror of the faster, more tribal tracks that pound into your skull and provoke feelings of fright and fleeing. While ultimately a much darker affair than Blue Moon Saiyeed, this album still seems to have much more breadth to it, it’s much deeper and spacious. It doesn’t feel as basic and claustrophobic. Much more coherent and delectable, Hain-Ba Sun Hex shows of all the styles and skills that Sudatsuga has to offer and it’s a deep dig to be delved into with each listen, presenting a new experience each time.

So yeah, it’s pretty good.


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SlMBOLlC
March 27th 2013


5551 Comments


review sux pos
check out mah new one??/ :D

Keyblade
March 27th 2013


16650 Comments


this is actually a really good review...probably the best i've read from you. pos'd dawg

album brings the gypsy swag hard btw...need to give it a couple more listens before i rate

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blacktheripper
March 27th 2013


722 Comments


gud review

evilford
March 27th 2013


26616 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

pos'd, great review.



really need to listen to this omg will do as soon as I can

blacktheripper
March 27th 2013


722 Comments


same tbh

GiaNXGX
March 27th 2013


4867 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

good stuff.

clercqie
March 27th 2013


6515 Comments


First track is awesome. Excited to delve into the full record.

MO
March 27th 2013


19851 Comments


making it up to silent for not winning the sputnik madness huh

foxblood
March 27th 2013


6797 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

flagrant gadis is that trve shit

MrElmo
March 27th 2013


1955 Comments


Cool review, haven't listened to it entirely yet so i'll jump on the first occasion of resting to try this out

evilford
March 27th 2013


26616 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

xeno I am appalled, you are staff! I cannot believe you would speak of such profane things

evilford
March 27th 2013


26616 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

oh god not you again

YankeeDudel
March 27th 2013


9338 Comments


youve listened to this 20 times already what the hell do you ever do anything with anybody

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YankeeDudel
March 27th 2013


9338 Comments


i dont believe you

oltnabrick
March 27th 2013


33353 Comments


album rules OKAY

mindleviticus
March 27th 2013


8542 Comments


from what I remember it ruled pretty hard

oltnabrick
March 27th 2013


33353 Comments


Yeah I dig it

Spec
March 27th 2013


28855 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Holy shit Graham this is good.

evilford
March 27th 2013


26616 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

what's up w/ your av dude???

Havey
March 27th 2013


10007 Comments


gonna listen to this for the first time today

sweet dig ford



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