Over the next cpl of months I am sure I will bore everyone to death with exactly how excited I am about attending Terrastock 6 in Providence later this year. One of the reasons for my unrestrained enthusiasm is that I?ll be able to experience Australian Brothers of the Occult Sisterhood in the live setting for the very first time.
Listening to this CD-R doesn?t by any means reduce my excitement as it includes some of the finest BOTOS pieces to this day. ?Augustifolia? is quietly stumbling avant rock clatter that flirts with folk to the same degree as with free jazz. The latter partly comes from the chosen instrumentation, but mostly has something to do with the percussive element, which often nods discreetly in the direction of a number of free jazz giants. The percussive element is stunning throughout and probably the one thing that holds all the far-reaching ideas together. ?The Silk Wolf Whose Arrow Spirit Speaks? is just as spiritual as its title suggests with a myriad of acoustic sounds creating the sonic equivalent to the wailing of the desolate wind over the sun-drenched outback. This epic folk/jazz improvisation comes packed right on top of a low-key groove which suggests that things might lead to some sort of mauling tribal folk frenzy but it never quite gets there and that feel of not knowing where things will go next is just devastatingly powerful and beautiful. This track is truly hitting the band?s mark, with outward and inward movements connecting the microscopic variations and the wide-open space of the forever lasting outback with the diversity of the flourishing rainforest. This is a spectacular document of the Australian landscapes and an early contender for those ?end of the year? lists. 9/10 -- Mats Gustafsson (27 June, 2006)