Kinit Her – The Cavern Stanzas

Here, another feeble attempt to utilize words that are devoid of the justice deserved by this release and artist—Kinit Her’s brand of neofolk transcends categorization, as is the case with The Cavern Stanzas. The Cavern Stanzas consists of two fifteen-minute pieces that envelops and drags the listener into a disturbed and shadowy realm.

Muffled trumpets of a classical martial style coupled with subtle shrill and screeching violins ease—in a manner of speaking—and nudge the listener into the opening track of Murex Indigo. Throat singing, or perhaps more apt—guttural whispers—along with some female vocals mesh with the aforementioned violins to create a nightmarish and purgatorial atmosphere. At the same time, a darkly spiritual aura pervades what otherwise could serve as a soundtrack for some perverse, abstract, and structure-less horror film. Roughly halfway into this opening track, more recognizable forms of instrumentation, such as hand drums, and a gentle keyboard melody offer glimpses of sanity in the midst of such perturbation.

Pacing the Hollow—the second track—shares very much the same structure as the first. Eerie ambiance and the subtle screeching of violin evoke a sense of drowning claustrophobia, trapped in a deep and murky cavern. Five minutes into this piece, the murkiness subsides as guttural whispers and drums fumble through the blind darkness, until later acoustic guitar with an American West feel guide the listener back to reality.

The Cavern Stanzas is another of Kinit Her’s unique releases. It is quite short at thirty minutes and certainly among their more ambient. Kinit Her has stripped down their neofolk core and has incorporated peculiar and eerie soundscapes to confer onto this album a sinister, yet spiritual aura. This is a release that may not be suitable for the cowardly and easily disturbed. However, for those who enjoy strange, or perhaps even experimental shamanic music, may find much to enjoy with The Cavern Stanzas, as well as other releases by Kinit Her. They do indeed provide a unique listening experience.

Genre: Experimental, Neofolk
Country: USA
Label: Reue Um Reue
Release: February 26, 2013

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1. Murex Indigo
2. Pacing the Hollow

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