|Title:||Exile To Beyn Neharot|
|Country:||Israel / Belgium|
«We write music for Gods»: this is how Wyatt E. describe their own creations. Although this definition doesn't seem to say much about the style per se, after one listen to "Exile To Beyn Neharot", we can confirm that it perfectly makes sense.
First of all, deities do not need words: whichever superior entity we want to contact, it generally is much more important to enter the right mood than to use odd magical formulas; about forty minutes of instrumental music are probably the best way to create a channel towards unknown astral planes. In order to obtain the right atmosphere, we should not play too fast, as that is blasphemous music. On the contrary, slowness is another fundamental ingredient for divine music, as gargantuan rhythms are more suitable for the immensity of its target audience. Nevertheless, this doesn't mean that Wyatt E. gave up musical extremism altogether, not at all.
Just to make things clear for us humans, the band's sound is a mixture of doom metal rhythms, obsessive drone patterns, structures and crescendos borrowed from the Post- world, the hallucinatory visions of psychedelic rock, and Middle-Eastern atmospheres. In both of the songs contained in "Exile To Beyn Neharot" we can recognize each of these elements, although they are all perfectly mixed together in this well-balanced amalgam.
The drums serve as a great example: undoubtedly slow, yet definitely dynamic and diverse (especially in "Ode To Ishtar"), including ethnic percussions and patterns that give a ritualistic feeling to the whole. Also the melodies navigate through the many genres mentioned earlier: the cooperation between guitar riffs and synths is particularly interesting, as both were influenced by Middle-Eastern sounds without losing any of their lysergic power. Moreover, synths do not hide their electronic nature, thus adding another layer to this work.
Wyatt E. are capable of keeping the listener focused during both of the mastodontic tracks, changing the formula when necessary, or through meditation-inducing minimalism. Their work on low frequencies is the emblem of their musical duplicity, at first acquiring desertic tints, then appearing more connected to the drone world. Although each song is about twenty minutes long, their diverse and multifaceted approach contribute to creating a highly evocative and enthralling sound, also enrichened by all sorts of details that enhance the experience.
If this really is music for Gods, then we are not supposed to be its target audience; nevertheless, Wyatt E. didn’t forbid us to listen to "Exile To Beyn Neharot". There is no reason for us not to take advantage of this chance then: any fan of the aforementioned genres will surely enjoy this little gem.