Karda Estra - The Age of Science and
By Marcus Pan
Richard Wileman's Karda Estra is a favorite here at Legends, with
its slick combination of classical elements and music combined with modern
electronics and rhythm movements. Karda Estra are made up of Richard Wileman
(guitars, keys, percussion), Ileesha Bailey (vocals), Helen Dearnley (violin),
Caron Hansford (oboe, cor anglais) and Zoe Josey (flute, saxophone).
The opening Talos on this, Karda Estra's sixth album
The Age of Science and Enlightenment, will move from subtely comforting
and ensuring movements of oboe and flute into breathtaking crescendos of string
hits and darker movements as clouds gather overhead for the thunderstrike you
know will occur at any moment.
Namesake of the album, The Age of Science and
Enlightenment, is a slow moving piece with classical wind instruments given
the upper hand. The piano follows behind and under it, adding a sense of
strength to the flute, oboe and horn melodies though the piano will take an
occasional triapse down the misty path ahead of the brooding horns.
Tracks five through seven are sub-titled The Return of
John Deth, and consist of The Red Room, Bones in the Moonlight and
Nocturne Macabre. The Red Room opens the set with very ghostly
and eerie movements, but tries to remain subtely nice, like a murder in a sunny
garden. Bones in the Moonlight is a dark twisted danse macabre, fast
paced and classical.
Karda's work is still quite good, and on their sixth album
their agility at combining modern musical styles with classical instrumentation
is still top notch. The Age of Science and Enlightenment will swiftly
move from eerie to sublime, lucid to experminetal sometimes within the
same song. Eccentric though it may be, The Age of Science and
Enlightenment is a brilliant example at what can be done with music from
two different times within one surreal reality.
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