Multimedia artist Low Rhahn experiments with a new release of dark folk and early industrial with a noticeable dose of occultism


Brazilian multimedia artist Low Rhahn whose prior albums consist of ambient, shoegaze and post punk material such as Astrocrushing and Sinestesia Letargica, early this week (April 1st) released an album that went in a somewhat darker direction.  This project is titled 973-eht-namuh-973 – perhaps inspired by the mysterious website of the same name, especially since the album is titled “abracadabra”.  Do a search and see for yourself.  I’m sure there’s someone i know who knows of this better.  So i’ll leave it at that.  I’m going to speculate he didnt use this as a means to peddle Top 40 pop songs.  This is a release that experiments with dark folk and industrial passages.

Not meaning to digress that much, but i remember one day i was given this video to watch.  It was this Christian documentary film titled Hells Bells – the Dangers of Rock n’ Roll.  I suppose instead of feeling revolted, i felt indoctrinated.  Ok bands like The Smiths and the Cure and even the darker parts of Bauhaus were already on my playlist (aka tape and CD collection) by this time. When i say the darker parts of Bauhaus, this was before the internet when folklore and music like this went hand in hand….and Hell’s Bells used that to their advantage.  Where was the media back then…no attempt to debunk some of the strangest myths involving music artists around that time?   Anyhow i’m digressing too much, the reason why i brought this up was because they had a segment about another artist i finally got the chance to listen thanks to policies cut import prices to domestic…plus i will guess and i’m sure i’m wrong…but American labels and distributors in the Reagan era didnt know what to do with artists like Current 93.

William Blake
Aleister Crowley

So yeah”Abracadbra” from 973-eht-namuh-973  – this experimental release – recalls early Current 93, plastered with Aleister Crowley and William Blake references, without the dark folk direction David Tibet incrementally approached some decade later.   Then again, it could be reminiscent of first wave industrial.  Its like sampler, not of specific bands, but a collective of the direction the said artists took. First they started with creating noise and early industrial sounds, then proceeding to dark folk recordings.

Returning to the release, to further indicate this comparison, songs that experimented with old school industrial influences like ‘LPGRTS’ were actually recorded in visits of industries and companies of the city of Campina Grande (Brazil).

The album was produced between January and March 2019.

Visit the 973-eht-namuh-973 page to listen to the new release.

Note – Aleister Crowley and William Blake are not affiliated nor ever a member of either Current 93, the Smiths, the Cure, Bauhaus or Low Rhahn.  Thanks.



New Release from Low Rhahn project Astrocrushing “Secret”


Multimedia and multi-instrumentalist Low Rhahn was first featured on Chill #29 as one of the members behind the ambient duo Sinestesia Letárgica. Since then he has released a new video – this time from his other project Astrocrushing. The song “Secret” was uploaded to Youtube on Aug 5th, 2017 and is now available on the Astrocrushing Bandcamp page. Instead of his more ghostlike track that was featured on Chill #29, Astrocrushing is inspired by post punk influences but with atmospheric sounds still in step with the Cocteau Twins and more eerie parts of The Cure.  Click on the links below the video for more information.

new release from multimedia artist Low Rhahn is on Chill #29

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Chill 29 features music from Sinestesia Letárgica, a Brazilian shoegaze/ambient duo formed in 2015 by Nefelibata (voices and synths)and multimedia and multi-instrumental artist Low Rhahn (from Campina Grande/João Pessoa, Paraíba (Brazil). Its the latest in a long list of projects and bands he’s either founded or been a member of since he first started Genes Kamikaze back in 2007.

Whether its this or the post punk mingling Astrocrushing, his work is conveyed through strong influences of surrealism, synesthesia and lethargy as if his vision were covered with blurred clouds, full of shimmering colour intermittently adjusting between blue and lilac. The sounds and aesthetics draws a comparison, i think to the first post UK shoegaze era, when the scene that celebrated itself became supplanted by Britpop eventually; when small but influential shoegaze artists and scenes sprouted from mid 90s Arizona beautiful noise scene to the Bedazzled label on the eastern US coast and Loveliescrushing’s Scott Cortez’s later projects like Star and Astrobrite when he relocated to Chicago.

Low Rhahn is currently busy touring as Astrocrushing and recording new music.

Sinestesia Letárgica’s latest is Saturn released April 21st, 2017. For more info