dw038 - Ka-baalim & Bunk Data - The Insomniati: One 'the light that burns twice as bright can't sleep at night'

Ikecht - Leon Vlieger (c) 2007
When I was still a child, I occasionally had intense fever dreams. Nightmares, bordering on hallucinations. To describe them is pretty much impossible, as they were extremely abstract and it were more sensations than concrete nasty or frightening images that plagued me. It often started with landscapes that fell apart, as it were, or transformed into more abstract, wire-frame like representations. Sounds and voices sounded intensely loud in an absolute silence and were terrifying. Rooms seemed to flicker between being immensely large or much too small, causing things to become compressed while at the same time feeling impossibly far away. The scariest thing of all was that when I finally awoke, these hallucinations continued. The familiar bedroom had suddenly changed into a hostile environment and I can only describe it as feeling that there was something wrong with the dimensions. Things seemed out of reach one moment and the next moment everything collapsed.

One of the latest releases on the .net label Dark Winter, "The Insomniati: One 'The Light That Burns Twice As Bright Can't Sleep At Night'", of Ka-Baalim and Bunk Data immediately evoked memories of these nightmares.

"...it becomes hard to know where I end and the room begins. There isn't the definition that there used to be..."
"...the door on the other side of the room, it's getting farther and farther away. This room is expanding, is becoming so large. I'm not sure how to put it into words..."
[from: track 2 - One Thousand Miles To The Door]

"The Insomniati: One" is an hour of drones and dark ambient, interspersed with distorted and resounding voices. Being a devotee of dark ambient I'm used to something, but this music grabbed me and didn't let go. It is my opinion that the recited passages of text add something to the music, open up a portal into the human psyche, into the world of nightmares and hallucinations. I admit though that this could be purely personal due to the strong responses this piece of music evoked.

This really is "music(k) to play in the dark", a record to really sit down for and give your undivided attention to. Recommended for drone devotees and yet another valuable addition to the backcatalogue of Dark Winter.

My praise also for the included booklet with abstract paintings and fragments of text, which really finishes it off.

Lorren Stafford (c) 2007
The drones & ambience on this release form a placid pool of refractive oil laden water with something slightly menacing lurking just beneath the surface. Upon this surface floats the highly altered, free form, vocal textures and stories which take you on a trip across these potentially treacherous waters. After giving it a couple of listens (both with & without helpful assistance from certain creative enhancers) I will say that this release continues in the best tradition of psychedelia influenced music & art (McKenna definitely comes to mind here).

The included booklet doesn't really mention anything about the illustrations & artwork. I'm just curious to get a little background about it.

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