Mystified | Passing Through the Outer Gates (First Fallen Star)

It’s funereal, sure, but it manages to dip into a sort of grim comedy.

 

“How will it all end?” That’s the big question. A new project, the “Eulogy Series,” asks musicians to compose music to score their own passing to the great beyond. The morbid and compelling idea flies from the (pearly) gates with experimental/drone solo act Mystified. His soundtrack for croaking ranges from sepulchral, stately death march to darkly symphonic phantasia to, believe it or not, a smidgeon of danceable funk. It’s funereal, sure, but it manages to dip into a sort of grim comedy. “Approaching Something” is a standout track – an ominous, driving, cinematic bit reminiscent of something from Peter Gabriel’s stellar Last Temptation of Christ soundtrack. | Byron Kerman

 

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