Eban Schletter: The Civilian

sch-tc.gif (483bytes) Eban Schletter: The Civilian
(Netherota - 2000)

If your mental movies are in black-and-white (and lean toward the horror genre...), Eban Schletter's got the soundtrack for you... decorated with intricate structures, 51-minute-long The Civilian is rendered entirely in the bold churning monochrome of old-fashioned church organ sounds.

Cinematic atmospheres of chiming activity lead into Metropolis, to be juxtaposed with brooding organ drones, interlaced with finger-exhausting acrobatics, which set a mood of busy intrigue. Softer chords trill and glide through Humble Beginnings while Calling delves into spookier keyboarding sleights-of-hand.

Reverberating layers ring out in different directions as Decision (7:10) explores multiple sonic possibilities, most of which are ominous-sounding. A bit of majesty and medievalism dances through the darkly sparkling activities of Undead (2:53). Twinkling Momentum gains a chilliness from swiftly rotating note-cycles and multi-level tones.

The deep spookshow blasts of Undercurrents and the trepidatious lilt of Metamorphosis precede the final act; Epilogue points toward a happy ending, with brighter gleams and peppier stroking of the keys

No beats. No fancy effects. No guitars, samples or voices... it's all organ-ic! The disc is appropriately packaged in tasteful gray on black, and the liner notes include a bit of poetry for each track.

Using only old-timey cathedral organ sounds,Eban Schletter does his own Phantom of the Opera thing, painting grayscale soundscenes of Gothic grandeur, sweet sorrow and imminent danger. Not ambient as such, but decidedly picturesque and moody, The Civilian offers an often-edgy 8.3 getaway into the darkened recesses of your imagination.

From Netherota records, where you can hear samples, and read about Eban's other TV and filmscore projects...

This review posted May 31, 2001

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