Tomas Weiss "Dato" CD
"Dato" is the first solo effort of Tomas Weiss since his 2006 release "Original Mitschnitte" on El Culto. In the meantime active in many other collaborative projects with Mathias Grassow (also as Nautic Depths), Anthony Paul Kerby or Annemarie Borg (as Thamnos). "Dato" unfolds impressively with over 15 minutes clocking epilogue entitled "Illuscape", a highly imaginative and freshly breathing deep organic ambience, finely colored with various sharp or pulsing crystal clear sound effects, rather minimal than colossal, but extremely effective to my ears!!! Eclectic strings, percussions and strange sounds open "Creeping Hazard" that keeps its diversified odd structure all the way with emerging and ever-changing dramatic passages. "Vague Unrest" is highly meditative tune with significant gongs backed by shadowy drones with slowed-down pulses, later freely transforming into slightly more massive soundwalls flavored with tinkling and echoed metallic sounds, deeply mysterious masterpiece!!! Title composition "Dato" is invaded by machinelike gurgles that soon change into varied blend of high-tech sonic experiments and choir-like sounds with some exotic fragrance thrown in, at the very end jumping into much calmer acoustic texture. "Dato" is sonic chamaeleon!!! Futuristic drifts on "Observer" are supported by mechanized substances and ocassional choirs on the background, this is another highly absorbing soundscape obscured by mist! "Agape" unfolds silently, but eclectic industrial experiments step in as well as Middle East femme voices, a really stirring mixture of deep soundclouds, sharp factory sounds and exotic aroma, magnificent sonic excitement is guaranteed!!! "Stille" closes this strongly captivating journey with highly evocative drifts richly colored with rainy and other environmental sounds (Mathias Grassow is credited for sound support on this piece), what a graciously floating finale!!! "Dato" is without doubt spectacularly strange, but enormously attractive, challenging and intriguing. It displays superb technical skill and amazingly executed sound sculpting by Tomas Weiss. A truly virtuoso performance, musically, sonically and visually (design by Theo Rabou)!!!
Richard Gürtler (Oct 18, 2011, Bratislava, Slovakia)