For their second full length album, The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble set their sails towards uncharted territories and unveiled a new symbiosis of warm electronica and dusky yet clear acoustic instrumentation. Familiar yet unsettling, varied yet coherent, dark yet warm, the highly detailled maps of "Here Be Dragons" form TKDE's most personal and crafted release, a mesmerising combination of traditional and modern sounds, and a highly rewarding album. (Get this on double LP + CD / on CD / as mp3)
"Hic sunt dragones": beyond boundaries of known music genres lay ocean of unmapped territories, where dragons are said to be lying in wait. And it is towards them that The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble decided to sail with their second studio album.
The fruit of long recording sessions started shortly after the release of their debut album in 2006, TKDE's new opus is also the first full length album for their now established line-up. Bringing together the tastes, influences and wishes of the band's seven members, this album was bound to tread into uncharted areas. Some of them had been presented (in alternate versions) on the earlier "Mutations EP", released by Ad Noiseam in early 2009, but it is with "Here Be Dragons" that the whole map is revealed.
Blending traditional, acoustic instruments with an acute sense for electronic composition, The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble intends to create fresh and deep atmospheres out of familiar sounds. The result is an eerily journey through partly organic, partly mechanical tonalities.
In comparison with TKDE's debut album and the following "Mutations", "Here Be Dragons" distinguish itself with his focus on very clear acousticsounds, pulsating organic basses and a wider room left for Charlotte Cegarra's vocals. Still drawing inspiration from old movies, The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble delivers here a soundtrack to a dense, intense yet-to-be-made film, shifting from the touching scenes of "Embers" and "Seneca" to the darker and perilous ones of "Caravan!" and "Samhain Labs" (named after TKDE's studio).
An intense, coherent and original work which required an uncommon amount of work, care and perfectionism, "Here Be Dragons" is definitely TKDE's most accomplished and important release to date, and should show the path that this band intends on taking on his already remarkable career.
Other releases by Jason Kohnen on Ad Noiseam:
Bong-Ra: Grindkrusher - adn47
Bong-Ra: Monsters Of Mashup (with Enduser and Shitmat) - adn49
Bong-Ra: I Am The God Of Hellfire - adn55
Bong-Ra: Stereohype Heroin Hooker - adn64
Bong-Ra: Sick Sick Sick - adn75
Bong-Ra: The Kill (with Enduser) - adn76
The Mt Fuji Doomjazz Corporation: Doomjazz Future Corpses! - adn81
Bong-Ra: Full Metal Racket - adn84
The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble: Mutations - adn105
The Mt Fuji Doomjazz Corporation: Succubus - adn112
Bong-Ra: Monster - adn131
Wormskull: Sound Of Hell - adn144
Here Be More Dragons (extras)TKDE / Kava Kon - Palace Of The Tiger Women
The first extra comes in the form of two audio tracks and a video, fruits of the collaboration between The Kilimanjaro Darkjazz Ensemble and Kava Kon. Each act remixed a track from the other, and TKDE created a video for their remix of "Palace Of The Tiger Women". Download "Palace Of The Tiger Women".
TKDE - Two Live Tracks
The second extra, coming in time for the shows that TKDE are playing throughout Europe in the Winter of 2008, contains two live renditions of past tracks, displaying the richness and depths that this material acquires when performed live. A handful of live pictures are also added to the pack. Download "Two Live Tracks".
Here are not only one, but two video trailers for "Here Be Dragons":