Sandor Valy – Young Dionysis
Conceptual Artist Sandor Valy is soon to release his newest body of work on September 15th of this year, courtesy of Ektro Records. Already having a reputation for his abstract and interesting view on art, more specifically his interpretation of art, this album is just part of a larger art project including sculptures, dance, etc. With the intro track being played on a piano with a sander, drumsticks, and eventually destroying it with an axe (in true Bloodrock Media fashion), and continuing to play the destroyed piano, there is not much else to say, besides lets get into the music!
The album’s first track, and the namesake of the album, “Young Dionysis”, was quite a peculiar one. As I spoke about earlier, the piano was less played, and more destroyed for the sake of the song, yet the track still had structure throughout. The overlaying ambiance of the empty room it was recorded in makes for somewhat of an eerie white noise effect, which isn’t interrupted until a little over a minute in, by the beginnings of destroying the piano. Although the track is over 14 minutes long, it keeps a solid creepy feel throughout all of the banging and harsh noise. Although I’m sure this album would translate better with the accompanying artworks, the primal fear and pain that seemed to be the idea came through. Another interesting point of the album is that Sandor recorded both of the simply percussive tracks on this album in churches in Spain while on a trip there. For both of these tracks, the rawness of them somewhat shines through. While the rest of Young Dionysis has an overbearing creepiness to it, these two tracks somewhat lighten it up, while keeping a sense of of intensity and urgency, with loud, tribal-esque drumbeats, made only more dynamic with the acoustics of a large church. While completely understanding the idea behind this body of work, I was significantly less impressed by the track “Vine Song” than any other track on this album. This song simply didn’t stir any emotion in me in the same way the others did, mostly because this felt like an actual “song”. With the majority of this album being so experimental,
I became somewhat lost in the listening, trying to submerge myself into the idea, and this track was such an abrupt change into a sound that seemed less primal. I very much enjoyed this album, as well as the concept for it’s honesty, in both ideals and translation. With an album full of minimalist sounds and musical ideas, the strange singing and produced feel that came with this song somewhat sucked me out of the mindset the rest of the album had lulled me into.
With the idea of this album being “a cathartic experience of pain” in pair with the rest of the artwork, it was absolutely achieved on multiple fronts. Sandor really pushes the concepts to their limits with what can still be considered music and art. To most, this album will sound like little more than noise, but for art lovers and conceptual album listeners alike, this album has many strong points. Be sure to check it out when it releases on September 15th!
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Bloodrock Rating: 4.2 out of 5.0 axes
Written by Ethan Grason for Bloodrock Media on September 6, 2017