Black Merlin - Hipnotik Tradisi

Black Merlin - Hipnotik Tradisi

Verdict: 4/5

Island Of The Gods




June 23, 2016

Written By

Gunnar Gudsoup


July 18, 2016

Northern England’s George Thompson comes up with his debut album under the Black Merlin moniker. This music is the result of many reworked field recording sessions who have been realised in Bali and surrounding Islands.

Thompson got inspired by the mystical moods and musical endlessness of Indonesia. A cold and hypnotic interpretation of different sonic atmospheres the country has to offer. Ranging from Gamelan over Kecak chants to field-recordings of flora, fauna and human talking. Gamelan is the most known musical tradition and the most famous in Java and Bali. A gamelan ensemble consists of a combination of metal, bamboo, Gongs, sometimes flutes.

Kecak is a spectacular theatrical gathering that has been introduced in Bali in the early 20th century by German painter and musician Walter Spies.

Black Merlin has recorded in Bali, Lombok and Gili Islands before coming up with this astonishing 80 minutes album that floats in between ambient and hypnotic techno.

The album is released by the Bali based label Islands of the Gods, which is run by the British David Mitchell. The idea behind the label is to bring together old traditional genres from Indonesia with electronic music.


A1. Surrounded Peace
A2. Wave
A3. Somewhere In Ubud
B1. Sepeda Kumbang
B2. Time In Motion
B3. Tutur
C1. Layang-Layang
C2. Fire Dance
C3. Reef Play
D1. Totek And Tim
D2. Waiting For The Horn
D3. Flight EK-0358
D4. Voyage

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