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  • Writer's pictureSylvain Lupari

HALO MANASH: Caickuwi Cauwas Walkeus (2008/2014)

Updated: Aug 1, 2020

This quite fascinating sound experience is for fans of electro acoustic ambiences with pure forest essence

1 Yli Corpein Huocawat 8:00

2 Läpi Soiden Waeltawat 8:35

3 Caickuwi Cauwas Walkeus 8:23

4 Mustan Mullan Alle Maatumahan 8:35

5 Pimeys On Ninquin Walkeus / Puuxi Tullut 10:22

(CD 43:56) (V.F.)

(Experimental electro-acoustic)

Do you like the strange? You will doubtless be going to like CAICKUWI CAUWAS WALKEUS from Halo Manash, or still Anti Ittna Haapapuro, a Finnish artist who specializes in the universe of the spiritual percussions and the electro acoustic sound effects. This is an occult album which has passed under the radar during the French tour of Halo Manash in January 2009. The fact that it had been distributed in only 29 copies, all signed, helps to make of it an obscure object of desire among the fans of the psybient electro acoustic genre and a very silent work at the marketing level. The label Aural Hypnox has decided to reedit CAICKUWI CAUWAS WALKEUS under the banner of its Stellar Mansion division in only 444 copies and 44 others offered in a wooden casket. A completely justifiable initiative because this album of Halo Manash inhales these splendid ambiospherical elements where the Earth, its celestial bodies and its secrets align themselves for a strange and inexplicable pleasure of the senses.

A long lamentation of a gong opens the sonic forest of Yli Corpein Huocawat. Straight out, Halo Manash immerses us of his sound painting with scattered beatings, gongs with resonant voices, shimmering winds and odd cracklings which are covered by long sighs of mammoth having a cold. The noises and the resonances forge a surrealist ambience where a prehistoric fauna seems dominated by a Tibetan religion. And so takes place the 5 verses of this album. Läpi Soiden Waeltawat is more musical, even lyrical, with a fascinating voice which caresses the hummings of gongs. The ambience reminds me the theatrical music of Jean Pierre Thanès. The lamentations of the Bone Flute are simply striking. Their breezes, at both times guttural and celestial, are a key element in this album inspired of the boreal and ancestral forests. The rhythms are slow. They are rather movements of ambiences which move forward by the strength of the gongs and the percussions scattered in an audio work which allies mystery and drama, as in Mustan Mullan Alle Maatumahan which, following the very quiet and idle Caickuwi Cauwas Walkeus, gives the impression of preparing tribes for a war. Pimeys On Ninquin Walkeus / Puuxi Tullut ends CAICKUWI CAUWAS WALKEUS by a strong ambiospherical presence where gongs, as the winds, are covering the quietude of a growing threat. Doubtless the most powerful track of an album which will rekindle more the nightmares, by its occult strength, than paradisiacal dreams. This is for fans of electro acoustic ambiences where the winds catapult the hostile silences as the invisible roaring.

Sylvain Lupari (January 28th, 2014) ***½**

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