Numina/Caul Inside the Hollow Realm
By Ray Van Horn, Jr.
Okay, its that time
again. Another coldwave body of work crosses my desk and while I first wanted
to snarl furiously within the opening minute of this seemingly ambitious
project, I soon found myself yielding to the electronic hypnotism of Serpent
Sounds. Quite soothing, almost new agey. I can dig it. The Renaissance-ish
percussion extraction inside of Descent to Darkness is pretty killer, as
is its airy conclusion. Ive only done pot twice in my life and never
before have I felt the extreme urge for a toke by the time the second track,
Night Sky Darkens, pierced my ears with its shrill mesmerizing.
This is not to say Numina/Caul is a new subcategory of
music: stoner/coldwave, but thats the effect left by the hazy Night
Sky Darkens and you will undoubtedly swim in its trance. Seldom does
anything carrying the tag trance ensnare you like a captive as
Numina/Caul does. Gads, can there be hope for my appreciation of this music
form? Obviously its significance in the underground is something to take note
of, given the twisted legion of its practitioners.
While there are a few moments of genuine pleasure on this
disc, the fact remains that Im hopelessly at odds with this style of
electronic music, and folks, I openly support expressionistic art! I feel like
Ive lost something along the way. I mean, Salvador Dali is my favorite
painter, goddammit! Where is my snaggletoothed embracement of against-the grain
music? Its gone towards outside-the-box progressive metal like
Subterranean Masquerade; I can tell you that much, anyway.
What I will say in favor of Numina/Caul, is that
theyve somehow found a way to upend noticeable calming grooves amidst
their temporal electronic madness. This is whats frustrating to me on a
personal level. I want to shut the damn thing off, but I cant! If
youre already into this kind of art, Inside the Hollow Realm will be a
must for you. Damn, where did I go wrong in life? I love Morton Subotnik, for
crying out loud! I no longer feel as hip as I did yesterday
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