HIS NAME IS ALIVE: Black Wings: 2 x LP

Jul 25, 2018

I’m not really sure what I just stumbled into, but diving into this double LP with zero context feels a little like accidentally barging in on a forbidden cult ritual. The door swings open, a sound that I literally mistook for an airplane flying by overhead swells into being, and a dozen cloaked figures turn in silent unison. Sounds dramatic, but not any more than this record is. It turns out that Black Wings consists of remixes and reimaginings of pieces originally written for an album that was recorded in collaboration with a particle physicist at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland. So do with that what you will. Many of the thirty or so tracks are linked together by what I’d have to call an a capella outer space choir. Besides that, there are synths and strings and glitchy sound collages all over the place. Just normal outer space choir stuff. Sonically impressive as it may be… at its heart, I think this might be prog, and it does not move me. –Indiana Laub (Happy Happy Birthday To Me, [email protected], hhbtm.com)