German electronic musician Mathias Grassow (1963) debuted with
El Hadra (1990), a collaboration with Klaus Wiese (ex-Popol Vuh)
that would mark the rest of his career.
He established himself among the "cosmic couriers" with two albums inspired by
mythological themes and permeated by new-age spirituality, namely
Prophecy (Aquamarin, 1991) and
especially Psychic Dome (Aquarius, 1992);
In Search Of Sanity (Aquarius, 1994), particularly
the suite The Countenance of Extinction, coined a more tragic language,
while incorporating world-music (Pulse Of The Desert).
Lifecycle (AIM, 1994) and Ambience (Totem, 1995) were languid
and indulgent efforts in the ambient/relaxation vein,
as were the
double-CD album Lanzarote - Concert (NO-CD, 1995) and Lanzarote - Spirits (NO-CD, 1997), both recorded in an island cave.
Arcanum (1997), a collaboration with Rudiger Gleisberg and Amir Baghiri,
Namakar (Soleilmoon, 1998), four shamanistic invocations inspired to
different cultures of the world (a very minor work, recorded in 1995),
Passion Nautilus (1998),
Dissolution (Aurora, 1999), a darker work dedicated to paganism,
True North (Arya, 1998), a collaboration with Amir Baghiri,
tried different avenues, mainly under the influence of Steve Roach
The excessive quiet and stereotyped world-music of
The Fountain Of Remembrance (Aurora, 1998) and
The Fragrance Of Eternal Roses (Arya, 2000),
led to a crystallization of his style:
Himavat (Staalplaat, 1999)
and Bliss (Immaculatus, 2001)
contained only one long, slow composition each, and
found perhaps the best compromise between dynamics and staticity.
Two more collaborations with Wiese, Mercurius (Arya, 2001) and Holy Domain (Amplexus, 2003), added little to the canon.
The Hollow (Arya, 2001), a collaboration with avantgarde vocalist Jim Cole, includes the lengthy Vanishing Flame and improves his mix of electronic keyboards, natural sounds, chamber and ethnic instruments.
Expanding Horizon (Amplexus, 2002 - Relapse, 2003) is a (double-disc)
collaboration between Alio Die and Mathias Grassow.
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