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Second Grand Constitution and Bylaws, Hurqalya [Mimicry]

  • 1. Rose Garden of Mystery, The
    2. Book T: Waves of Blood
    3. Book T: Broken Glass Hearse
    4. Renunciation
    5. Jabalqa
    6. Book T: Orbital Ballroom in the Hall of Resurrection
    7. Mera Pyar Shalimar
    8. Jabarsa
    9. Beyond the Mountain Qaf
    10. Hurqalya
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 4

  • Credits
    ProducerTrey Spruance
    EngineerTrey Spruance

    Personnel: Laura Allen (vocals); Bar McKinnon (flute); Trey Spruance (guitar, mandolin, zither, trumpet, keyboards, organ, bass, synthesizer, fake saz, programming, background vocals); William Winant (hammered dulcimer, percussion, kanjira, timpani, snare drum, cymbals, ankle bells); Paul Dal Porto (sitar); Eyvind Kang (violin, erhu); Danny Heifetz (drums, percussion, finger cymbals, tambourine, shaker, dumbec).
    Second Grand Constitution and Bylaws, Hurqalya is the follow-up to Secret Chiefs 3' excellent 1996 debut, First Grand Constitution and Bylaws. And like its predecessor, the music is a combination of Ennio Morricone movie scores, world music, experimental noise rock, and heavy metal. But this musical mix is used in an extremely unorthodox and unpredictable way -- they don't play it safe by lumping all the similar styles together. For example, they'll follow up a beautiful guitar interlude (the album's opener, "The Rose Garden of Mystery") with a jarring surf rocker ("Waves of Blood"), which will then lead to a reverb-drenched freak-out ("Broken Glass Hearse"). But the real story on the sophomore effort by Secret Chiefs 3 is guitarist/leader Trey Spruance. In addition to guitar, he produced and engineered the album, filled in for missing bassist Trevor Dunn (still a member of the band), and wrote eight of the record's ten tracks. Due to the all-encompassing vision of Second Grand Constitution, it becomes obvious that a lot of work was put into it, and the end result is one of 1998's most rewarding, original, and ambitious recordings. ~ Greg Prato

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