Raison D’être – Reflections From The Time Of Opening Review

Originally written by Patrick Dawson

(ray-zohnn DET-ruh) A basic, essential purpose; a reason to exist.

Despite my growing affection for the strange little corner of the musical world known as dark ambience I must admit to having little experience with the madman known as Peter Andersson. Referring to this tireless musical workhorse as anything less than a rampant force of creation in the electronic subgenres would be uncivilized. Of his numerous projects (Panzar, Stratvm Terror, Necrophorus, Atomine Elektrine, Bocksholm, and Grismannen to name a few) Raison D’etre is the longest running and from what I gather the most well known of his forays into industrial folk and dark ambience.

This release collects the earliest music produced under the Raison D’etre banner, largely in the style of the project’s first release: Prospectus I. All material presented here is remastered, and only the obvious learning curve for the artist over time gives away that some tracks are more than a decade old. From the outset through track 14 you will find represented the artist’s earliest work and there is certainly a sense of reckless experimentation about it. Some of the synth sounds are a bit clumsy and the arrangements are not as thought provoking as other works I’ve heard in this style, but it is nonetheless interesting material to wade through. From track 15 on is where the listener really strikes pay dirt with Reflections. The latter half of this release really opens up and displays the potential of Andersson’s work. Clanging bells, rushes of sound, industrial / mechanical outbursts, defiled audio of all forms, and unsettling ambience. All these elements are placed and compartmentalized within the frame of the track to express different moods and give the mind a superstructure to impose its own unpleasantness upon.

I can only recommend this to those who enjoy the unconventional. If a presentation of sounds that does not fit neatly in line with what is predefined as a song does not sit well with you, then avoid this album like the plague. While this creation has much in common with neofolk and industrial there is really very little that is linear of for that matter musical about these soundscapes. As a first step into the larger world occupied by acts like Robert Rich, B. Lustmord, and Current 93, one could certainly do much worse than to begin with Peter Andersson.

Posted by Old Guard

The retired elite of LastRites/MetalReview.

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