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Title: My review of "Mosaic" CD by Mathias Grassow & John Haughm
Post by: richardgurtler on July 13, 2012, 09:49:47 AM

Mathias Grassow & John Haughm "Mosaic" CD

Wow, here is another collaboration that was held as a well kept secret, so the more surprised I was when this project came to light on Dämmerung Arts label. But I must say that Agalloch's John Haughm is not new in his ventures into drone realms as he already appeared on two tracks of Nostalgia's "Echoes From The Borderland", but this time his contribution is by far less rough, industrial-infused as it was on "Along Lands End" and "Dartmoor" tracks. Comprised of three "Mosaic" parts, the tracks clock from nearly 8 minutes (Part I) to 21 and half minutes (Part III). The journey is ignited with "Mosaic I", where deep, monotonous, but expansive drones by Mathias interact with John's shimmering tinkles of various bells. Graciously floating wordless chorals emerge as well and appear in precise synergy with drones and metallic fragments. Join this "Mosaic" and experience moments of pure magic!!! Gentle bells announce "Mosaic II", which smoothly moves through serenely mesmerizing drone leads into passages highlighted by pensive acoustic guitar mastery ranging from more quiet, but expressive into more elevating riffs, with few foreboding low noises inserted in between and all guarded throughout by celestial dronescapes. Static drifts, bells and distant rumblings invade the third and longest part of "Mosaic". Monotonously unfolding dronescapes are joined by ear-catching, eerie metallic squeaks, later on sorrowfully expressive electric guitar sneaks in and reaches absolutely harmonious convergence with deep drone wizardry and ghostly noises. During the second half gentle tribal percussion steal the show along with deeply mysterious whispers and voices. Definitely the most challenging composition of this "Mosaic" and a hugely immersing finale!!! "Mosaic" offers a highly sophisticated blend of majestic drone panoramas, filigree gothic doom-flavored strings and deeply mesmerizing metallic, tribal and voice magics. A truly magnificent sonic conversations of two virtuosos!!! On the top of that, the packaging of 4-panel digipak with 8-panel insert features absolutely stunning images of art photographer Veleda Thorsson, Agalloch's visual guru, gorgeously portraying this stellar sonic conspiracy!!!

Richard Gürtler (Jul 13, 2012, Bratislava, Slovakia)
Title: Re: My review of "Mosaic" CD by Mathias Grassow & John Haughm
Post by: drone on on August 17, 2012, 08:12:03 AM
Where's Richard?  Miss his reviews.  Hope everything is ok.
Title: Re: My review of "Mosaic" CD by Mathias Grassow & John Haughm
Post by: jkn on August 17, 2012, 09:19:31 AM
He was last posting on relaxedmachinery.ning.com on Wednesday - so he may just haven't had time to review anything lately.  He normally says he reviews a lot more in the winter - his work is mostly spring/summer/fall based work.  I forget exactly what it is - but I think it's mostly outdoors.
Title: Re: My review of "Mosaic" CD by Mathias Grassow & John Haughm
Post by: richardgurtler on August 17, 2012, 11:20:06 PM
Thank you, drone on and John!!! I just took little time to rest during July and August (watching Olympics, upcoming little holidays...), but I promise to get back with some new reviews soon.

Drone on, keep on publishing your own reviews, it's always a great pleasure to explore them!!!