Album Review: Raspail by Arcana

Album Name: Raspail
Artist: Arcana
Year/Label: 2008 / Kalinkaland – Projeckt Records

[Buy at Projekt Records]

Review by Anna Maria Stjärnell

Arcana have been playing their darkwave music a while now. They’ve got a loyal audience that should adore their new record. Singer Peter Bjärgö has a deep vocal style that recalls Dead Can Dance’s Brendan Perry and the music is equally somber.

Sigh of Relief is a bit lighter with a keyboard setting the tone. The instrumental song sounds like getting lost in an enchanted forest.

Invisible Motions sees a near tribal rhythm supporting the vocalists Ann-Mari Thörn and Ia Bjärgö as their voices entwine to great effect.

Out of the Gray Ashes sees Bjärgö painting an apocalyptic vision with a glimmer of hope. The song is wonderfully arranged and sung in a drone of a vocal that’s unique.

This album is not for everyone but the faithful will love it.

Posted on April 18, 2008

Track Listing
1. Abrakt
2. Sigh of Relief
3. Invisible Motions
4. Outside Your World
5. Parisal
6. Autumnal
7. Out of the Gray Ashes
8. Lost in Time
9. In Remembrance
10. Circumspection

[Arcana Official Site]


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