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  • Writer's pictureSylvain Lupari

PETE FARN: Cryptids - Biospheres Vol.2 (2013)

Updated: Aug 27, 2020

This is a rather unique sound experiment that will certainly pleased to diehard fans of musical life without any form of movements

1 The Landscapeeater (fast one) 5:40

2 Catsrawl 6:33

3 The Chimera Sleeps 11:28

4 The Chimera Dreams 11:37

5  Abiogenese 7:06

6 The Shy Sine Singer 5:13

7 The Landscapeeater (slow one) 24:08

(CD-r/DDL 71:45) (V.F.)

(Abstracted and experimental EM)

Pete Farn's universe is one of sound experiments where his designer, Peter Schaefer, crosses the borders of imagination with concept albums which often caress the universes of illusions and where the noise is on top of any forms of harmonies and musical ambiences. After an album on the organic and biospherical life of the floating forests, Pete Farn imagines now the life of animals of which the existence was never scientifically proved or is simply associated to the kingdom of imagination. And that my friends, Pete Farn has full of this in both hemispheres. The problem! That takes good neighbors and a very comprehensive girlfriend because we cannot listen to CRYPTIDS – BIOSPHERES Vol. 2 within headphones, unless we want to sink into a kind of sound psychosis. And believe me, that could happen.

Hollow breaths open the entrails of this album. Breaths which seem human and which lead to The Landscapeeater and of its organic noises which appear to be a kind of dialect for unknown species. Ambiguous and multi-dimensional, Pete Farn's universes are subject to the interpretations as much so multiple as the ears, risky needs to say, which tame them. The gurgling and the footsteps that we hear can result from diverse species, as terrestrial as extraterrestrial. Just like here where it sounds like they plot in a cave. On Catsrawl, these gurgling are soaked with a glaucous dialect where diverse forms of life with inconceivable appearances are cawing under a thick cloud of floating layers of which the pile forms a strange concert for the hoarse singings of crickets. At this point of CRYPTIDS – BIOSPHERES Vol. 2, there is a form of musicality. Later? Well, it's less certain and you have to like metaphysical sound experiments or...noise if you prefer. The Chimera Sleeps is a long non-form passage where the white noises get lost in their metallic echoes. Honestly? I found this a little bit hard for the ears and the neighbors have asked for which kind of bugs have infested my condo. It's kind of annoying and the ears really take a blow. Although softer, The Chimera Dreams displays a life without forms which ends in the same sound nightmare as The Chimera Sleeps.

And so go the next 36 minutes of CRYPTIDS – BIOSPHERES Vol. 2; a sound experiment without musical life, even if it depicts a life that we have difficulty in imagining so much the tone is sometimes assassin. Really, this is for diehard fans of sonic experiences and I found that very difficult to ingest.

Sylvain Lupari (September 14th, 2013) *****

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