hey everyone, as a treat for the winter solstice pyr releases some avant doom courtesy of ?alos!
yomi, l’oscura terra dei morti acts as a bridge between what ?alos was and what it is becoming. the first two songs are new versions of old songs; re-played and re-sung in a way that is closer to ?alos’ live sound. her voice is more aggressive and the guitar more abrasive. the third song, panas, will appear again on ?alos’ next album, era, but it appears here remixed by kawabata makoto of acid mothers temple who transferred ?alos’ original recording to an analogue tape and then added layers of his own guitar, tambura, and sitar to it.
additionally yomi… sees ?alos’ focus transition from the role of woman in the social context of her work to that of woman as shaman; a keeper of secrets – nature’s secrets, herbal secrets, afterlife’s secrets, birth and death’s secrets. roles that have been forgotten – misrepresented by a patriarchal and christian concept of progress. these women were accused of witchcraft, persecuted and driven to the underground, and thus often forgotten.
?alos is musician/experimental performer stefania pedretti’s solo project that began in 2003. her performances blur the lines between performance art, experimental music, improvisation, video art and force the audience to actively participate. the feminine figure and its role in history and contemporary society is at the heart of her performances.
yomi, l’oscura terra dei morti was originally released by bar la muerte records in 2010. this is the third of three ?alos reissues.
get it here.