Tamerlan – Ain


[Reviewed by: Iaha Crax]

Tamerlan plays a traditionalist folk musically stemming from medieval arpeggios and textually or thematically from mythology and esoteric themes.

Timur, the sole composer of the record, invited along his acoustic journey several renewed musicians from the neofolk scene. Tony Wakeford accompanies him on “Eternal”, adding his vocals to a bright-spirited song inspired by ancient folk dances. “The Countless Reflections of Non-Matter” unravel a mysterious splendor chanted on pristine guitar accords that prove a genuine mastery of this instrument. The composition displays a sentimentality akin to Spanish composer Joaquin Rodrigo, due to its complex and elegant arrangements, and bears the distinguished vocals of Cecilia Bjärgö from Arcana. In Hebrew “Ain” stands for non-existence, denoting the unmanifested plane, thus being the essence out of which form is brought into existence.

The early music influences can be heard on “Dance of the Twilight Stars”, where the chaste love of the troubadours has engendered acoustic lamentations, echoed in the present through pristine souls, unbiased by the tentacles of the modern world.

Despite the wide range of états d’âme, Timur never fails to musically enchant, and he keeps up with the quality level of composition. “My Estranged Sanctuary” has the despondent albeit resigned feature of Of The Wand And The Moon, while “Thy Kingdom Come” (featuring Mattias Borgh from Arcana) and “Olja Frolo” (Loell Duinn) conveys a state of tragic nobility, characteristic to mythical heroes.

Timur has gathered timeless mystical souvenirs from several countries (the label stating Russia, Uzbekistan, Turkey and Serbia) and it’s more than presumable that he is a connoisseur of esoteric imagery. “Children of the Lesser God (Qliphotic Hunger)” is thematically built around the Qliphotic aspect of hermetic Qabalah, but musically suggests the whirling dervishes’ trancelike dance, as well as provide the listener with an Endvra déjà-entendu. Nevertheless, the occult often seeks to synthesize different traditions (Sufi and Qabalah in this case). Thus, “The Soul Awakens” is surprisingly similar to the kantele used by Tenhi, and “The Inner Sunrise Ritual” is a warm whispering chant that sounds like a tamed version of David Tibet’s versification.

This enigmatic occult-folk ends with “Ignite The Dawn”, leaving us with a touching spiritual imagery of rebirth. Again Cecilia Bjärgö adds her fragile vocals to this deeply emotional and untainted musical utterance.

Debemur Morti has released this ardent record in 2014 among other outputs by Blut Aus Nord, P.H.O.B.O.S., Dirge, Kaarna, Infestus… A controversial plethora of sounds and aesthetics, enriched and enlightened by Tamerlan’s revelatory poems reminding us that “There is a candle in your heart, ready to be kindled. There is a void in your soul, ready to be filled”.
Rumi , 13th Century Sufi mystic and poet

Debemur Morti, DMP0109-07
CD 2014


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