die geister beschwören – The Great Defenestration

Leah Brzezinski, contributor

Die beister beschwören translates to “call up the ghosts.” And I have to admit, I had to look up the exact meaning of defenestration, which is: “the act of throwing a thing (or especially a person) out of a window.” This Portland experimental folk ensemble certainly does both in this intricate 17-minute sonic spree recently released on SQRT Records. Laden with field recordings, aching string and bass clarinet orchestrations and loops, haunting drums, and vocals, it paints a lush, if not eerie, mental picture.

It’s artfully-layered and quite well-paced. Let me put it this way: I started out doing stretches and meditation to it, but 4 minutes in I found myself pacing the floors thinking, “This would be an amazing soundtrack if I ever have a rapid descent into terrifying madness and an eventual reawakening to my highest self!”

Both menacing and beautiful, The Great Defenestration is one intriguing fall from a window.

Rating: 10 out of 12 cans of PBR!

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