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Raison d'Être is a one-man project that produces music of huge, cinematic proportions. Peter Andersson, the organizing principle behind Raison d'Être, collages together synthesizer, sampled voices, and chants for an impressionistic mural of remote, medieval, and forsaken landscapes. This vivid metaphor is even more plainly evident by the inclusion in the CD booklet of eight plates of paintings by Alexander Nemkovsky. There is a strong affinity between Nemkovsky's painting and Andersson's sounds. Both suggest the bleak and fantastic qualified by Latin titles. The final piece of this collection is "Frigus Membra." One of the Nemkovsky paintings is Voces Praetereaque Nihil. The painting is of twisted and barren trees overlooking a crumbling building rising above wisps of chilling fog. This is an apt setting for Andersson's disembodied voices, speaking as ghosts from the past, behind a veil of flutes, animals, and a heavy collapse all baring the distortion of traveled far through a dense winter atmosphere. Andersson's creations are evocative, gloomy, and convincingly otherworldly.

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