Jambinai / A Hermitage
Album: A Hermitage   Collection:General
Artist:Jambinai   Added:Jul 2016
Label:Bella Union  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2016-08-21 Pull Date: 2016-10-23
Week Ending: Oct 23 Oct 2 Sep 11 Sep 4 Aug 28
Airplays: 1 1 1 1 1

Recent Airplay
1. Oct 22, 2016: Narnia
For Everything That You Lost
4. Sep 03, 2016: Narnia
For Everything That You Lost
2. Sep 27, 2016: Clean Copper Radio
For Everything That You Lost
5. Aug 25, 2016: a strange pursuit
Abyss Feat. Ignito
3. Sep 10, 2016: Narnia
For Everything That You Lost
6. Jul 08, 2016: Life Aquatic
The Mountain

Album Review
DJ Aporia
Reviewed 2016-08-21
Visceral, sky-cracking post-rock that fuses traditional Korean instruments with metallic savagery. Besides the standard bass/guitar/drums, Jambinai also experiments with the geomungo (a human-sized, bassy zither), a reed flute called the piri, and the haegum, a bowed 2-string fiddle-like instrument. Both quietly unsettling and sublimely exhilarating, this sails on the same plane as Xylouris White, Russian Circles, and Mogwai. Try 2, 3, 5, 6, and 8. No FCCs; occasional vocals are either indistinguishable wails or in Korean.

1. (3:07) Wardrobe—Huge, seismic savagery veering towards sludgy metal. Wailing guitars, fast drums, brief buried sections of howling vox, moonlit haegum
2. (4:21) ** Echo of Creation—Blinding-fast drums and wails give way to quieter, wistful passages of ticking geomungo, windy falsetto vox, bass; drums kick in again at the end
3. (7:14) **** For Everything That You Lost—Epic. String picking, spooky repetitive keys, eerily subdued and robotic. Then more clarion geomungo lines and a gradual increase in urgency. Quite sublime. Closes with hushed keys and strings
4. (7:05) Abyss—Thick syncopated geomungo, venomous spoken word
5. (4:30) ** Deus Benedicat Tibi—Skyward, grand, high registers invite goblin drums and total metal destruction
6. (6:58) *** The Mountain—Spare geomungo and whistling noises, then emotional guitars and rippling catharsis
7. (7:30) Naburak—Urgent, grinding geomungo and drums, fairly repetitive except for the understated last two minutes (warning: very soft and silent at times)
8. (6:25) *** They Keep Silence—Warlike. Pounding drums, driving distorted guitars, undulating bass and haegum

Track Listing
1. Wardrobe   5. Deus Benedicat Tibi
2. Echo Of Creation   6. The Mountain
3. For Everything That You Lost   7. Naburak
4. Abyss Feat. Ignito   8. They Keep Silence