Testphasen Negativ- ‘How I won the War’ CD (Sérpéné Héli Music)
Written by Roger Batty
I won the War’ is a heady and hallucinogenic mix of beats, soundtrack
like synth unfolds, sinister drone textures, guitar and improvised
elements, backwards voices and tones, dark vocal growls, field
recordings and all manner of sonic and musical textures. That’s all
piled into a very dense, often dark tapestry of an album, which really
puts you afloat in a very strange and disturbing sonic world.
really is a very difficult album to pin down into one genre as it moves
all over the place even with in songs. You can hear traces of beat
bound electrionca, dark ambient, melted musak, discordant guitar
traces, improvised jazz, chugging guitar post rock and metal risers,
elegant and emotional piano beauty. And amazingly for most
of albums hour running time they manger to pull it off in a
coherent and inviting if often puzzling manner. With only a few
moment here where it comes off a little messy and over crowded, it’s a
real musical and sonic adventure that takes you on a twisting and
turning ride through many different emotions and sound colours.
And amazingly enough it’s the projects debut album- making this one of
the most rewarding, multi layered and creative debut albums in recent
So if you like your musical genres mixed in an atmospheric and clever manner this really is a must.