Bunai Carus – Neend
Bunai Carus’s “Neend” explores soft surreal soundscapes. Dreamy imagery permeates the pieces as they expand to incorporate a plethora of stylistic choices. From classical to industrial to post-rock these many elements are woven together to create a sound that feels deeply intimate, even romantic at times. The way Bunai Carus treats the sound is one of affection as these are pieces that have been given a great deal of thought. As they evolve they do so organically rather than anything that would reference a traditional kind of structural approach.
Exemplifying their unique approach best is the collection opener, the resonant hues of “Cage’s Coma”. Layer upon layer of sound swirl majestically presenting an all-engrossing sound. The hush whispers in the beginning come to fruition with a Boards of Canada like tour into nostalgia. Upon this nostalgia melting away the strings that emerge feel lived in, worn, and tender. By far the highlight of the collection “Cage’s Coma” seems quite real, like a creature maturing. Snippets of sound scatter about on the tactile “Storm Cellar” whose surprisingly nature means that all is constantly in flux. Nimble in nature is the minimalism of “Skelet-1”. Downright mellow is the palette-cleansing “Pahoehoe”. Going from high to low energy is the elongated drones of “Glowdrift”. Serving as a sort of summary is the collection closer “Tableaux”. On this piece Bunai Carus settles into a lilting, light-filled groove.
With “Neend” Bunai Carus navigates itself through glorious seas of sound.