Demise of a Body

by Shahman

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The latest from the twin brothers Rob and Peter Jonhson of Toronto's Shahman is an exceptionally heavy piece, both sonically and conceptually. Recorded in a single live take, “Demise of a Body” is a ceremonial offering from the brothers to their mother across 30 minutes of tape. Fluidly moving through several smaller distinct pieces of hypnotic minimalist repetition, dense battling dirges, hushed elegiac atmospheres and heart wrenching poetry the album captures the astounding weight and airtight intricacy of the duo’s live performance. Drawing meance and beauty from his guitar and rage and reflection in equal parts from his lungs, Peter’s voice stands out at times over quiet, murky compositions while blending seamlessly with the massively loud and distorted darkness at others. Working similar dynamic wonders from his kit, Rob provides a complex storm of emotional tempo changes while keeping a stark cardiac pulse at the center of the album. The synergistic consolidation of these energies into a unified - and impressively arranged - whole is the real magic and wonder of this album resulting in something higher than music as commodity and closer to pantheistic ritual. This is the heartbeat of the mother, the timeless and cyclical dance of the cosmos through decay and rejuvenation forever.


released October 1, 2014



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