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Black Clockworks - Review

After his work with the band Northern Territories, John Alexander Ericson started off on his own solo work and has released three albums so far.  This work is the third and latest piece which shows how excellent a good poet, minimal piano, vocals and some backing electronics can be. The packaging is a nice, yet also minimal digi-pack and the disc contains just nine beautiful tracks.  While something a bit longer would definitely be nice, this is an excellent work in minimal beauty.

The album sports sweet piano with subtle electronics for a full overall sound.  The additional combination of soft, angst-ridden vocals provides an overall mood that is captivating and melancholy.  The disc starts off with "Black Clockworks" which provides a dreamy introduction and gives way perfectly to "The Twilight Star" which is similar enough to feel like just an extension of the first piece.  As I was drifting along listening to the album in an ethereal bliss, I was very surprised to hear the melancholy piano version of "Radioactivity" by Kraftwerk.  The way this piece is composed and performed mixes perfectly with the album using the acoustic piano and somber vocals, but just not something I would have expected.

At this point the album hits a point of slight change or an interlude with "Black Dog In The Fog" as a mesmerizing instrumental piece with wordless vocals soaring effortlessly.  As far as minimalistic piano pieces go, "Weightless" is a sweet example of how nice this can be.  The vocal styles change slightly in "Sophia In Another Country", which are very unique, in a broken rhythm, but still catchy. Added soaring electronics and vocals for the feeling of an angelic choir as backing vocals and musicians is a definite plus. The aded harmonica is something not often heard in the goth or ethereal related genres of music, but mixes well on this piece.  "Gold Dust" picks up in much the same way as another piece with added harmonica for a touch of blues added to the minimalistic piano and soaring backing vocals.  For more simple variety, "Firestorm" is presented with the piano being replaced by a somberly strummed guitar but maintains the subtle backing electronics.  And we quickly reach the finale of the album in "Where Secrets Can't Be Found" with such beauty that ends much the way the album began.

With so many styles in my musical library as I drift from heavy industrial to light, ambient moods, this album fits perfectly along the beautiful minimalistic folk and ethereal genres.  Anyone interested in having their heart-strings pulled, this is the album to do the trick.

Rating: 4.5/5


Website: www.alexanderericson.com
Label: Kalinkaland Records

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