The masters of ritualistic black ambience return with their most haunting and dense work to date.
Active since 2007, this is the tenth studio album from Common Eider, King Eider, a music and art collective based in San Francisco, California. Members include Rob Fisk (Badgerlore, 7 Year Rabbit Cycle, Deerhoof), Andee Connors (A Minor Forest, P.E.E., J-Church), Andrew Weathers and Blaan Tod.
While it may be an oppressive listen for some, there’s a fragility underlining A Wound of Body, from the warmth of the chants in “We Sing” and the stillness of the breathing noise to the quietly chilling rumble of “Hélène” and the sad string drone by the end of “River of Blood”; all these elements bring forth a sorrow of the kind that washes over the mind after suffering an injury, profoundly felt and yet in view of an end. As the album builds up a ruin overcome with vines, there is a sense that the ruin itself is also on the verge of disappearing, the wound a thoughtful memory of all that has deteriorated, a loss that is not paralyzing, allowing pain a free expression. Make no mistake – there is no hope, but at least that ruin is analogous to a consciousness in full view of anguish.
Common Eider, King Eider has produced some impressive dark ambient albums before, but A Wound of Body is a truly moving experience, multi-layered and utterly absorbing. You might not feel the pain at the world’s heart, but you will surely feel like a tragedy is unfolding before your very skin. (David Murrieta Flores)
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