ZEITKRATZER / SVETLANA SPAJIC / DRAGANA TOMIC / OBRAD MILIC: Serbian War Songs LP/CD Karlrecords/Zeitkratzer Productions
The long enduring ensemble Zeitkratzer, pump out release after release either as their own collective, or with (as here) other artists that linger around the same musical causes they inhibit.
As the title suggests, this is an album of ‘Serbian War Songs’; which incidentally are from World War One. None of which are easy on the ear.
Zeitkratzer let the songs play out vocally (I assume from their collaborators), whilst they provide a barrage of noise and bombastic orchestral instrumentation. In short, the end result is a ludicrously insane mass of warbling and the aural equivalent of insanity.
Underneath all of this, I am sure there is a homage to fallen comrades and whatnot, which is easy to derive from the album, even if I don’t speak Serbian. I am sure it is well meaning; but I would have preferred the musical element on its own, as it is all a trifle too much to bear.
Kudos has to be given for this venture, even if it all becomes unlistenable. The production is second to none (as with all Zeitkratzer material), but it’s all a little too much to swallow as a whole album, no matter how well it has been orchestrated.