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|4.0 excellent||Michael Freitag | September 4th 07|
Avant-Folk? Ambient? An early stab at the Post-Rock aesthetic in a variety of succinct, improvisatory tracks? It's hard to accurately pin Eyeless in Gaza's 1994 effort to any specific genre. What it is, though, is a strange and surreal kind of beauty created by a pair of gentlemen experimenting with anything and everything they have at their disposal. Over the course of Reminding Pictures, we are presented with an array of sounds, instrumental or otherwise, in many different ways, as Eyeless in Gaza create moody, wind-swept atmospheres utilizing a sort of economist minimalism in their experiments.
Fans of barren soundscapes and other Avant-Garde artists should listen to Reminding Pictures for the interesting, shimmering sounds it presents, those that seem to belong to worlds apart - for Eyeless in Gaza want you to enter their lonely world, fraught with a sort of ever-present fear that either clangs and rises to meet the weary traveler or recede to make way for what joy can be found in the gray twilight. They are merely your guides in an otherworldly journey, revealing it to you in small portions and letting you decide if your mind will follow blindly or run free through their netherland. Either way, it's a fascinating journey.
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