Holy Mountain Daniel "belteShazzar" Higgs : Metempsychotic Melodies (US,rec.2007)***°°
Before I even have had the chance to check out properly the previous rock group of Daniel Higgs, the Baltimore based Lungfish, (not my cup of tea actually), there is already a new release out on Holy Mountain, after a book + CD from a different label.* No overseas promotion unfortunately, but I needed to check out at least this recent album even when if it meant bigger red figures on my account, before I need to take responsibility, and take another job again for a while, so let reviewing this album be my last completely free moment, with the vision of a true artist in the sense of an artist who is “an artist” in every detail of his life. It seems like that even musical instruments lying around this artists’ place have no other option but to change with him ; they start to become a life on their own, a flame of his personality, and they begin to sound different, with or without manipulation.
Four rather improvised tracks show Daniel Higgs' concentrated vision, with all its brilliance and colour. The first track is an improvisation on banjo with droning strings, in a kind of raga way. Both the instrument and the playing have their own, united and personal character. The track is faded out and is not so long. The second track starts as a comparable improvisation, while the strings sound more nylon than steel. After a while, a song appears, with a strange voice, and beautiful rolling sounds on strings are added. This is very meditative with sounds, uses a bizarre kind of singing, in a real artist’s fashion, expressing his own world. The third track starts with an electric, fuzzed hurdy-gurdy-kind of improvisation, in combination with a two-step rhythmical acoustic guitar, a hypnotic track which ends with loose wahwah-effects of sounds. The last track is a bit more simplistic, improvises a text with the same weird voice on simple chords. After a while an improvisation on banjo are added to it, as well as a small electric part.
I like best this second song, about unrestricted love, with interesting lyrics about being conscious of where this love exists, an original artist's expression...
* this release is reviewed next ->