Laudanum is a set of dark juxtapositions from Amir Baghiri and Rudiger Gleisberg. This CD is almost fatal in its eerie oxymorons. Baghiri and Gleisberg contrast deep drones against Gregorian chants. The chilling effect is enough to send deep listeners off -- well -- the deep end. The atmospheres are full and dense. The drone is dark and incessant. The chant samples are very much out of place and, at the same time, in the perfect place. Baghiri and Gleisberg are excellent sound designers. This eerie soundscape will appeal to fans of Wendy Carlos, Meg Bowles, Mathias Grassow, and Alio Die.
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