GONJASUFI

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - CAR­ROLL JIM

Su­mach Ecks has al­ways stood out on his own. Back in 2010, de­but al­bum A Sufi and A Killer found many thrilling to the sin­is­ter, smokey, psy­che­delic desert blues he was cook­ing up in be­tween giv­ing yoga classes. Lis­ten­ing to

Cal­lus, though, it’s clear that Ecks has done some hard liv­ing in the last few years and the songs are at­tempts at cathar­sis as he deals with events across both his home­land and his own per­sonal uni­verse. It’s dark, dis­so­nant, raw and des­o­late, a col­lec­tion of tracks which are of­ten on the edge of col­lapse as Ecks pulls at the var­i­ous threads hold­ing them to­gether. Oc­ca­sion­ally, there are hints and traces of a dif­fer­ent al­bum – Vi­nai­grette and Ole Man

Suf­ferah are strong in struc­ture and melody – but this is a piece of work where Ecks wants to let it all hang out. A chal­leng­ing, chaotic re­lease. warp.net

It’s clear that Ecks has done some hard liv­ing in the last few years and the songs are at­tempts at cathar­sis as he deals with events across both his home­land and his own per­sonal uni­verse

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