Progressiver Neofolk gespickt mit Heidentum und Apokalypse .Ein völlig eigener Stil den ich in dieser Form noch nie gehört habe. die Kompositionen sind völlig eigenständig und einzigartig....daher ist das tape einfach ein perfektes Hörerlebnis....
Favorite track: Der letzte Atem.
By the end of the tape, I am sweaty and have to consciously force myself to calm down. There is profound power to be found in this release, and there is no reason to doubt anything less of Mosaic’s future manifestations as well.
There is no metal on "Harvest". Instead some narrated poems in neofolk garment. But really very nice! "The Waterhorse" sounds indeed like a kind of mystic black metal and this makes it so unique. And the novel "The Kelpie Riders" is as well very interesting spring of inspiration. It´s always a pleasure to follow the very variable voice of IK into the depths of his musical creation. Please take a look at our German review: www.waldhalla.com/mosaic-harvest-the-waterhorse-gastrezension/Favorite track: Red Winter Dawn.
HARVEST - SONGS OF AUTUMNAL LANDSCAPES AND MELANCHOLY
Through the years each autumn inspires me to create some songs, which have a very eerie atmosphere and are full of nature mysticism. While one side of Mosaic is based on the ever furious pulse of the extreme metal, the other side is highly inspired by bands that dabbled and delved deep into neofolkloristic/-classical soundscapes - like Empyrium, Tenhi, Sol Invictus or Rome. All tracks on HARVEST were created in this manner, often those songs use multilayered improvised guitars that created an unforeseen depth. Those recordings were originally created for private use only and remained unreleased in the Mosaic archive. Under the HARVEST moniker ten tracks, that were recorded during the past ten years (MMV – MMXV), will now be released to a wider audience. All tracks are carefully revised, reworked and compiled to fit the concept. Sometimes instruments were added, often a lot of vocals and atmospheric tracks included, to receive an authentic journey through the autumnal landscapes and their melancholy. It was really difficult to create a homogenous sound and a fitting narration flow because, as ever so often, just the final mixdowns were available of those tracks, while the recording equipment changed quite a lot over time, too (guitars, effects and so on). But the result ended up quite good.
HARVEST is not a release of standalone tracks, the whole EP works only in its entity and should be seen as a kind of nostalgic relict from the past. For the lyrics a lot of German poems written by Georg Trakl, Christian Morgenstern, Freiherr Joseph von Eichendorff as well as Max Dauthendey and Martin von Falkenstein were used. While “Old Man’s Wyntar” stands for the season of winter, this EP highly represents the mystics of auf the golden autumn and should be seen as a direct prequel to it. HARVEST starts somewhere within a deep deep wood, sometime in the early morning hours, the derangement omnipresent. The first golden sunrays light their paths through the treetops and mark the end of the summer – the disappearing of the fire-rider. a passionate and deeply rooted ode to Inkantator kouras hometown is also included, followed by various impressions (near the fields, near the woods, in between the autumn winds, amongst others). But no autumn record can work without a song based on the final harvest-fest: Samhain. As interlude to this track an inkantation for the sun king and to the realm of the netherworld is set in between the tracks. Time flies, and days pass – thus the climax of the EP is reached in the newest MOSAIC track: “Der letzte Atem [The Final Breath]” is an epic and dramatic ending of this journey - when the world is covered by a million blood red leaves - like a vicious mass murder - Autumn in all its glory was victorious once more... The last track lights the way and serves as introduction to the EP “OLD MAN’s WYNTAR”.
THE WATERHORSE - A SONG CYCLE BASED ON THE NOVEL - THE KELPIE RIDERS - WRITTEN BY WILLIAM BLISS CARMAN
The Waterhorse” is a complete demo/rehearsal recording, captured during various sessions in the year XIII. The tracks were conceived after the oracle of the Alchemysts disappeared and Inkantator Koura moved on to his new homestead, the Villa Gotaha. These incantations deal with the element water; with maritime themes, mythological water sprites - like the Bäckahäst, Kelpie or Ceffyl Dŵr - as well as the mystic aura of lakes and the deep dark waters. The songs are really rough, like the sea itself, and recordings were handled in a similar way like on "Old Man's Wyntar". Every track should be seen as a snapshot: unshaped and unfinished but with a very deep atmosphere. This demo should be seen as the original intended version of this concept: A song-cycle inspired by the novel "The Kelpie Riders" written by the Canadian poet William Bliss Carman (1861 – 1929). After a complete re-vision, this idea developed to the so far postponed record "Illuminations of Haunted Seas and Mysticism", which will include three of the four tracks from “The Waterhorse” and will be released once the time has come.
released April 21, 2016
Inkantator Koura - Everything
Leshiyas - Additional percussion on "Der letzte Atem" and additional effects on "Schwarze Erde"
CONCEPTS, VISUAL ART, RECORDING, MIX- and MASTERING BY INKANTATOR KOURA AT THE LAIR OF THE FALLEN ONE | Villa Gotaha | MMV – MMXV.