Do you want some ritual ambient leading to the unpredictable consequences in a form of mental orgasm? I’ve got something for you.
Here is the cult band from Japan called “Vasilisk”. It consists of three musicians: Tomo Kuwahara, Nagoshi and Yukio. These people can make you dance to their occult drums, while being scared and disoriented. Then you will be numb looking deep into yourself or onto your naked reflection in a mirror. And this is fun! I mean, not that sort of fun you are used to, but the feelings Vasilisk is giving you are so strong and it is so right, that you should practice it every single morning. No matter where you are and what is going on around you, listen to Vasilisk and dance naked in front of a mirror. Of course, I’m not kidding.
Anyway, the band’s story begins in 1985. First there was “White Hospital”, but Kuwahara left that political union to start his own project. The debut LP saw the world in 1987 and was called “Whirling Dervishes”.
Vasilisk’s style is pretty hard to describe. Let’s say it’s a cross between dark ambient, occult/ritual experiments and a bit of ethno vibes. But all those are just words and clichés. Frankly speaking, Vasilisk sound is a dark reflection of ourselves when we look at the sky or try to see something in the depths of the void. This music fills the whole space around you when you turn it on. And there’s a strange feeling about it. When you hear “Whole in the Sky”, for instance, it may seem that this is not music, actually. It sounds more like a familiar part of the existence. Vasilisk is the way things are sometimes. It may seem so.
Vasilisk has six LPs. And I am sure you’ve got to try it (in case, you haven’t yet, of course).