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CD compilation 2000 | Silber 014
18 tracks, 71 minutes
$10 ($16 international, $5 download (256 kbps, ~138 megs))
|When Brian John Mitchell
was 12 years old, he read the "The Music of Erich Zann" by HP Lovecraft,
which told of scaring monsters away using music. This story, along with
his actual fear of these creatures, is what drew him to learning music.
Clearly, neither his interest in music, nor his fear of monsters has waned,
for he has spent the past year or so collecting tracks for Zann,
a compilation of music dedicated to scaring monsters away.
Zann brings the listener on a strange and surreal musical journey, with tracks that vary in both intensity and intent. Evidently, each artist involved has a very different idea of what types of sounds frighten these beasts. Yet they all share a common thread: each is apparently aware of the threat monsters pose in our everyday lives, and their musical inspiration is fear and necessity. The common theme makes Zann almost feel more like an album than a compilation gathering artists from different parts of the world and from different genres of experimental music.
Zann can be taken in either as something frightening and menacing in its own right or as something soothing to let you sleep, to give yourself a moment to be safe from all the things scratching on your windows and doors and the bottom of your bed.
"[Zann is] a compilation inspired by the story "The Music of Erich Zann" by weird fiction master HP Lovecraft. A variety of styles are explored here by the eighteen contributing artists, some of which include: Small Life Form w/Jarboe (droning experimental/ambient), Trance to the Sun (ethereal), The Pulling Kiss (eerie soundtrack-type material), Pineal Ventana (slow hellish jazz), and Drekka (who sings "Jesus Loves Me"). You'll also encounter dark ambient, ritual chanting, and spacey improv. Zann is one of those rare comps that is, for the most part, enjoyable throughout. The packaging compliments the music well, featuring great cover art by Kimberlee Traub. You can't go wrong with this CD released by Silber Records. Buy it!" - Pindrops and Cathedral Bells