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MP3 EP 2015 | Silber 183
5 tracks, 5 minutes
X-Bax is the solo project of Phil Dole (Chord). Massive drone & angular rock face the five minute challenge.
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US project X-BAX is the creative vehicle of composer and musician Phil Dole, and has been an ongoing venture since 2004. The EP “Aokigahara” dates back to 2015, and was released through US label Silber Records as part of their ongoing series of experimental EPs featuring 5 tracks performed in a 5 minute total playtime.
The handful of minutes X-Bax have crafted takes us through a fairly diverse landscape as far as these productions goes. We’re presented with a fluctuating drone combined with a wandering gentle guitar and occasional plucked guitar notes, an effective contrast of sounds that easily maintains tension. Then a more ghostly constellation of bird sounds and distanced acoustic guitars, followed by a more delicate cut that features ghostly distanced sounds throughout, giving associations to the ghostly echoes of a bagpipe. A cut revolving around solid dark guitar riffs and booming bass follows, while the conclusion takes us back to a dark majestic drone accompanied by a light toned overlay that again comes with some sort of a bagpipe association.
An interesting 5 minute run, but ultimately a production that first and foremost will appeal to those with a keen interest in drones, sounds and effects. With special marks for those intrigued by atmospheres invoking the thoughts of ghosts and supernatural events.
~ Olav Martin Bjørnsen, House of Prog
Whether or not it’s the soul of wit, brevity does often compel an artist to pare down to essentials. Thus it is with these four new releases from Silber Records’ 5 in 5 series of EPs, each of which contains five tracks totaling five minutes. As it happens, the twenty tracks collectively represent twenty different ways to set one minute in sound.
The Japanese cinema-inspired Aokigahara by X-Bax (Phil Dole) is, despite the grim implications of its underlying concept, composed of mostly melodic miniatures for guitar with a dose of heavy rock and gritty drone on the final two cuts.
~ Avant Music News