Chalung-gra “Kalonga Incantations”

Chalung-gra “Kalonga Incantations”


Red Neon website (Be.), February 2004 :
Ladies and Gentleman… Your attention ! If you like dark-ambient here is a masterpiece. Nice sounds, slow evolving music. A record with a deep soul… Not too short and not too long (a very important thing). Graphism and illustrations are very nice. Please, grab it before it’s too late. Limited edition of 50 copies. The dream is an edition on good old vinyl but i am dreaming…


Fear Drop (Fr.) magazine #11, Summer 2004 :
Pour retrouver les éclairages ambiants, il sera indispensable d’écouter le nouvel alias de M.Reina, Chalung-gra, qui reprend en les multipliant, les qualités bourdonnantes mélancoliques des précédents disques de Sizzle. En plein territoire ambiant industriel, il suit les exemples édifiants de Robert Rich et Final, il parvient À se ménager des zones de flottaison sans cadavres lustmordiens, ni aucune autre pépite difficilement assimilable. Profitant plutôt de gestes introspectifs, Reina expose la texture granuleuse et le cœur lumineux des nappes qu’il chevauche, des plaques émues par l’archet. Superposant les couches harmoniques qu’il dénude, il fait de sa concession un jardin en terrasses. Étages plus ou moins denses, à la luminosité tantôt matinale tantôt crépusculaire, les longs étirements des deux morceaux (en moyenne une vingtaine de minutes chacun) sont autant de mouvements souples et vigoureux d’une mélancolie orangée, grisée d’échos métalliques figurant peut-être un artisanat assidu, une sincère apnée dans des champs encore prodigues pour qui sait les fertiliser.


Connexion Bizarre (Por.), September 2005 :
Chalung-gra has created timeless music of meditation and solitude on “Kalonga Incantations”, a limited edition, two-track release of 50 copies. It is music for coastlines awash in fog and filtered light, for glacial granite lakes, glass-surfaced with cold, deep serenity. It is music of reverberating colors and atmospheric wanderings – the music of the Aurora Borealis – equally haunting and mysterious. “Kalonga Incantations” lends itself to imaginative displacement; typical for the dark ambient genre it follows. From mellow, syrupy tones to vaguely grinding drones, “Kalonga Incantations” ressonates abstraction in a rather predictable fashion. However, with the extensive “Cari Cali” and “Kahloubhra,” Chalung-gra succeeds in rekindling interest in these banal dark ambient tones and drones with a show of quality and masterful competence. One might imagine landscapes of billowing clouds, moving in various distinct layers through the stratosphere, as “Kalonga Incantations” moves through its metamorphoses of airy synths and quivering bass. Nothing is sudden, no sound is unexpected, no pulse misplaced, and everything flows with a calming sense of majesty. Before long, the better part of an hour has stealthily slipped by unnoticed, and perhaps a portion of worldly stress and exhaustion has gone with it. This music is meant to transport the listener to no destination in particular, except simply beyond. [7/10]



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