ESA: Themes of Carnal Empowerment Pt.2: DECEIT CD Tympanik Audio
Here we have the companion disc to Jamie Blacker’s ‘Themes of Carnal Empowerment Pt.1: LUST’. As a direct follow on, this latest instalment has a lot to live up to and starts off impressively with a blend of Dark Ambient, crossover classical Industrial themes and operatic vocals; altogether, a wonderfully constructed opening soundtrack for what is to come.
Blended into the closing stages of track one is ‘I Know Your Wounds’, providing a straight forward dirty Industrial, club friendly, gutturally beat driven mass of swirling blackness. The following tracks, ‘The Heart is Marked’ and ‘Breathing Through’, follow the same linear path as their predecessor and whilst being technically sound (and an absolute pleasure to play back to back whilst travelling), collectively they could have been the same track, albeit extended, with little to differentiate between them sound wise.
‘The Shape of Hate to Come’ provides a slight shift in the journey where scattered electronics slice through the mix, providing a much needed variant on what has come before, with the tribal beats of ‘Devious Words’ weaving between the stabbing patterns of sound. The title track brings the pace down a notch allowing the glorious operatic vocals to rise through the mix, accompanied with sublime pad work, providing one of Blacker’s finest moments to be committed to release thus far, with the next two songs following in a similar vein.
The bizarrely titled ‘While You Sleep I Converse With The Dark Birds’, drags us into the arcane with an Eastern promise of far off mystical lands, providing Jamie the stage to let loose on his vocal crooning; it’s effective and well thought out.
As the closing stages of the overtly Industrial ‘Confudere’ resonate out of the speakers, reflecting on this latest album shows a release broken into stages that for me show different frames of mind within their approach. Overall, this is a solid collection of tracks and one that ESA should be proud of, but just missing out on the variation and many highs that it’s predecessor bore to the world (such as the immense ‘This is Not Love’).
Time will tell if this is Blacker’s swansong under this banner (as he has indicated to in the past), but I still feel he has more to offer this scene, with this album still outshining many of his peers in the process.