The Haxan Cloak The Haxan CloakObservatory EP
AURORA BOREALIS (ABX053, 12” + digital)
Of all the new occultists - hiding in their labs across the UK - Bobby Krlic is one of the most fascinating. His debut album, “The Haxan Cloak”, inhabits the space of terror and solitude fenced, each in their own way, by artists like Demdike Stare, Sunn O))) and Raime. In his music there are elements of new goth, hauntology and drone; characterised by heavy attacks of doom metal, filtered through an almost transparent noise, leading to an exhausting climax. This 12” compliments the album and is a gift for the early fans of his esoteric cult (which uses the “Häxan” language, used in Scandinavia to refer to witchcraft – see the 1922 Danish film by Benjamin Christensen of the same title). It’s a gift in its difference from the album: it’s older (released before on cassette in an edition of 30 copies), flirting with techno, or at least, techno according to The Haxan Cloak.