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Editors’ Notes

The stark photo of a casket’s rope gracing the cover of The Haxan Cloak’s 2013 album should alert listeners that this isn’t your average dinner-party electronica. That’s not to say Excavation isn’t beautiful. From the low, looped drones of the ghostly intro “Consumed” to the nightmarish 13-minute closing epic “The Drop,” Excavation is a magnificent manifestation of darkness. The Haxan Cloak is actually London-based sound designer Bobby Krlic. Where his 2011 eponymous debut album mused on themes of death, Excavation follows with Krlic’s instrumental inspirations of songs that soundtrack an afterlife. The title track starts with a seamless collage of claustrophobic drones and tones that close in on the listener before dissolving into a slowed-heartbeat rhythm. It’s like being buried alive. The song's second movement flutters with alien textures and sounds that sweep in and out of a hard-panned mix. Though Krlic claims these recordings don’t allude to heaven or hell, the wailing and weeping strings in “Mara”—combined with a swooshing beat that approximates the swinging of the reaper’s blade—suggest a southbound journey.

Customer Reviews

Haxan

Its good to understand that this is not an album which you should play all the time like "regular" music. This is a haunting experience which should be left alone to be constantly looming over you until you feel the need to grasp it. If you do this then the moments when you here this, you will begin to understand why music like this was made. It's a tragedy that many people will skip over this but I hope that you won't.

Brilliant

Some of the most interesting sounds I've heard in years.

This album sounds like

Eeri suspenseful background music in a scary movie.. I just got chills😳

Biography

Born: 1985 in Wakefield, Yorkshire, England

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '00s, '10s

With a name that sounds like that of an extreme pagan metal outfit, the Haxan Cloak's sound couldn't be further away from the image it conjures up. The pseudonym of British multi-instrumentalist Bobby Krlic, the Haxan Cloak's origins started in Krlic's last year at university. Krlic was born and raised in Yorkshire, England, and his parents instilled a love of music in the youngster, his mother being a Northern soul DJ when she was a teenager and his father a keen guitarist. A discovery of hip-hop...
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