Call of the North
Ugasanie knows for his freezing desolate soundscapes is back with a new album taking us even further north to explore the concept of the unusual and mysterious phenomenon known as arctic hysteria (also known as menerik and the call of the North Star). It manifests itself only in the polar night, and only when the northern lights shine. Man, as if under hypnosis journeys north. In this state of trance he is almost impossible to stop, he becomes aggressive, sings a song, mumbles, experience hallucinations and persistently continues towards the polar star. It is not uncommon that these people end up freezing or starving to death.
In track 5 the voice belongs to an old yakutish man. The recording was made during an attack of polar hysteria. This field recording was recorded in a Yakutia group of researchers led by Eduard Alekseev in the 60s.
“As layers of sampled sounds and ominous atmospheres plague your ears, the ever spiteful call of Winter whips by your ears and tries to lure you into a slumber to death. Perhaps the most stunning track on the album that really cracks down on the overall theme would be Arctic Hysteria. Using the voice of an old Yakutish man taken from an attack of polar hysteria in the 60s by a group of researchers led by Eduard Alekseev, this track goes forth and shows you just what can occur when this disorder strikes. There are some who believe that spirits are the cause of these attacks, and after listening to such wild recordings, I wouldn’t doubt if that was the case.
Each and every other track builds upon this theme of deathly preservation in the face of an all-out assault by a stinging and icy raw storm. A transformation has occurred with this artist for the better, and when I imagine myself in the desolate wilderness struck by an intense Winter while listening to these songs, I shiver with both fear and delight. My mind can take me far into a cold abyss, but this album not only helps me go further, but it also helps me fear the ruthlessness of the coldest season of them all.”