dw028 - Pawel Grabowski - Kissing Evil Ghosts Goodbye

Themis Pantelopoulos (c) 2006
Taucher pulls me in a way, like magnetizing me somehow. It is that repeated tone that does this. A sense of depression rises within my soul. Still a dreamy sense, even with some sweet taste.

"The House The Gods Die In" is provokingly mysterious. It creates an ancient, cavernous and mystic aura. The discrete and gentle harmonic context wakes up a nocturnal climate that gets thrilling under the whispering.

"Kissing Evil Ghosts Goodbye", in a similar sonic setting to The House..., maybe it is the same but in slower speed and lower pitch. Unlike the title suggests, this part makes me feel like having to accomodate myself in the ghostly setting that was arranged in the previous two parts. I think the slow tempo creates a sense of an everlasting but megalithically slow movement, within this gloomy paradise.

It is amazing what images and thoughts does this music cause to me. There is clear honesty laying under all this dark and deadly depressing, misty fields Pawel Grabowski creates. Without any specific signs, I am somehow persuaded that he is really expressing his inner (and not only) world with utter honesty. This work is, I think, his most personal one. As far as I can tell.

There is a flow in here, beginning by describing the place as a sorrowful and nebular land, where gray iridisms dominate sky, land and senses. It then puts you in a state of dreaming about ethereal scents, making you wanting to stay and explore the place. In the last part, there is a revengeful sense, like leaving you there to melt forever.

Disquiet (c) 2006
There's a repeating click in "Taucher," the first of the three tracks that comprise Pawel Grabowski's Kissing Evil Ghosts Goodbye. It's a Lynchian touch, suggesting the seam in a tape splice, or a skipped record, perhaps a noir-ish footstep. It is all of these things and none, a rare plosive moment in an otherwise spooky, but entirely disembodied, piece of music (MP3). There's no way it's a mistake, that click, and it is to Grabowski's credit that such a seeming error can be taken unhesitatingly as a compositional motive.

"The House the Gods Die In" has just as Halloween-ready a soundtrack, plus a gothy spoken bit calling from the echoey recesses (MP3). "Kissing Evil Ghosts Goodbye" has a similar brief moment of human presence (MP3). Grabowski is credited with "voice, objects, field recordings, bass, samples."

Larry Johnson (c) 2006
If you’re not familiar with the music of Pawel Grabowski, then “Kissing Evil Ghosts Goodbye” is the perfect release with which to become acquainted with the darker, ambient side of his diverse musical talents. Three short compositions of shadowy ambient sounds and softly whispered lyrics create an overall surreal, vaporous atmosphere. The album begins with the voiceless “Taucher” - a dark track of orchestral-like ambient sporadically interrupted by brief bursts of echoing clangs. “Taucher“ is followed by “The House the Gods Die In” - a minimally instrumented piece of samples, whispered words, and brooding ambience that will send shivers down your spine. The album concludes with the title track, “Kissing Evil Ghosts Goodbye” - a denser, droning composition of threatening darkness, ominous samples, and softly spoken lyrics that should make you think twice before proceeding upwards on a dimly lit staircase. Pawel Grabowski at his darkest best.

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