Themes Of Carnal Empowerment Pt. 2: Deceit

by ESA

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Fahrenheight Nova
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Fahrenheight Nova Listened to both parts of TOCE back to back, and though honestly I have a tough time telling which one I like better, I keep coming back to Pt. 2 for its pummeling and memorable standout tracks. "The Heart Is Marked" and "The Shape of Hate to Come" are both ESA at their best: brutal, echoic and noise-blasting rhythm that will leave you in awe. Very glad I finally opened up to ESA, and very much recommended for heavy noise-beat aficionados. Favorite track: The Shape Of Hate To Come.
Edward Haddon
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Edward Haddon If you like heavy electronics/rhythmic noise then ESA have you covered. Jamie writes and records dark brooding music and I am a huge fan. This has spent a lot of time in my cd player. Favorite track: Confudere.
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Vesper ...there will be a third part, yes? :-) Favorite track: I Know Your Wounds.
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ESA returns with part two of his conceptual album series 'Themes of Carnal Empowerment'. Continuing where ‘Pt. 1: Lust’ left off, ESA once again offers a powerful rhythmic noise assault spanning 11 hard-hitting new industrial tracks. The album sparks off with the slow-burn intro "Let The Sinful Sparrow Sing" as a harmony between piano, soulful female vocals, marching beats, and distant synthlines build a gradual tension, ultimately detonating into the energetic beat-driven stomper "I Know Your Wounds". From there the album charges forward with one breathless sonic cavalcade after another from the throbbing basslines and guttural vocals of "The Heart Is Marked" to the feverish pounding beats and glitch accented powerhouse of "The Shape Of Hate To Come".

ESA allows a little breathing room with the funk laden breakbeat track "Devious Words" before kicking the album back into high gear with the epic and rigid title track "Deceit", pursued by the savory classic industrial with a modern twist contrast of "No-one Will Ever Touch You". Euphony meets adrenalizing discord in the beautifully wicked "If I Could Hurt You All Over Again, I Would" before closing the album with the tribal descending of "While You Sleep I Converse With The Dark Birds" and the appropriately trampling disquiet of "Confudere".

Always engaging and never disappointing, ESA skillfully executes another vigorous collection that aligns his focus not just on mere rhythmic structures and harsh beats, but masterfully injects a rare creative depth and serendipitous atmospheric climate into his works that ultimately sets him apart from the crowd.

This is ESA's finest hour. Mastered by Yann Faussurier (Iszoloscope) with layout by Robert Lioy (Access To Arasaka).

“Despite that success I still had to wonder: would Blacker be able to do the same with a more cerebral concept like “Deceit”? The answer is yes, and although I think Pt. 2: Deceit is easily as good as Lust (and probably much better), it also asks a lot more from the listener, requiring some serious contemplation to experience fully. It’s a fantastic effort from an already accomplished artist, and one that rewards personal interpretation and reflection. Recommended.” - I Die: You Die

" of the finest releases I've heard in a long time. ...part two of the 'Themes' series (is) worthy of your full attention. [9/10]" - Auxiliary Magazine

ESA 'Themes of Carnal Empowerment Pt. 2: Deceit' is available now on 6-panel digipak CD and digital formats from Tympanik Audio.


released June 18, 2013

TA077 | ESA: Themes Of Carnal Empowerment Pt. 2: Deceit

Written, performed, and produced by Jamie Blacker.
Vocals on tracks 3 and 8 by Jamie Blacker.
Vocals on track 9 by Mabh Savage.
Spoken sample on track 11 by Sara Host.
Photography by Melissa Griffith.
Layout by Robert Lioy.
Production and Engineering assistance: Scott Fox
Mastered by Yann Faussurier.

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