KT2

by Khan Tengri

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The follow-up to 2016's "Aeons" finds Canada's Khan Tengri delving even deeper into the cavernous worlds of dark psychedelic music, space rock, progressive rock and ambient. Sixties and seventies influences abound in an extremely eclectic collection with a brooding, meditative, wryly cynical lyrical focus that often contains caustic commentary on humanity's failings. It's music to cheerfully accompany the apocalypse.

The album also contains cover versions of two songs:
- Hawkwind's "The Golden Void" (written by Dave Brock), a classic seventies track from "Warrior on the Edge of Time", interpreted in a style akin to that of the band's late guitarist Huw Lloyd-Langton, a huge influence.
- Popol Vuh's "Last Days, Last Nights (Letzte Tage-Letzte Nächte)" (written by Florian Fricke and Daniel Fichelscher), from the equally classic 1976 album of the same name. As far as I know, this beautifully spiritual song is Popol Vuh's only English-language song.

Both covers are, as always, properly licensed.

REVIEWS:
"I have long been an admirer of Allister Thompson's work, both with The Gateless Gate, Khan Tengri and his more singer/songwriter work with Twilight Fields...he has a philosophical and spiritual outlook on life that is affirming and thoughtful but with a healthy amount of cynicism and his music is always nothing less than top notch. 'KT2' serves to reinforce this. It acts as a perfect showcase for his skill and artistry, taking a gallimaufry range of influences and styles and combining them to form an album that is distinctly psychedelic, often beautiful but always immersive and satisfying."

-Days of Purple and Orange (dayzofpurpleandorange.blogspot.ca/2017/09/premiere-review-khan-tengri-kt2.html)

"Most of these songs are the type that draw you into a web of sonic vibes. Layers of moody, atmospheric sonic tones drone while the electric guitar lazily plays a lead line building tension all of which comes together in dramatic, brooding fashion. Rather than hitting you over the head with bombast they beckon you in. Symphonic prog fans will find much to appreciate with the music on KT2 as it manages to hit all the right notes in my mind. I really like the psychedelic-prog mash-up created by Khan Tengri and the structure and arrangment of the music is complicated enough to certainly keep prog fans intrigued about what was coming next. Great stuff…"

-JerryLucky.com
(www.jerrylucky.com)

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released September 22, 2017

Video for Vampyre:
www.youtube.com/watch?v=ohM0wGyMoCw

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Track Name: Calling All Beings
Calling all beings
Calling all beings
of light

Calling all beings
Calling all beings
of love

It is time to leave this sphere
It is time to leave this sphere
It is time to abandon this sphere

Calling all beings
Calling all beings
of light

Calling all beings
Calling all beings
of love

This sphere has been poisoned
This sphere has been poisoned
We must abandon this sphere
Track Name: The Misanthrope's Blues
Here comes the arrogant ape
Mother Nature’s fatal mistake

Each group wants the others dead
Atrocities they love to make

They strip the earth of all that’s good
Always too blind to see

Their evil sets my blood to boil
So I’ll let this fire consume me

They clog up the streets
They block out the sky
They cut down the trees
They tunnel in the mines
Somehow they think they own what they find

If the population grows
And the world is clearly finite

Where did all these apes come from?
I know isn’t right

You say I’m no better than you
You say we’re all born the same

But good is good and bad is bad
And I know who to blame!

They clog up the streets
They block out the sky
They cut down the trees
They tunnel in the mines
Somehow they think they own what they find

I wish that I could tell you
The gods of tech will save you

Instead you’ll choke and drown
On chemical fumes and metals

You say that I’m no better than anyone else
But I hate no one more than I hate myself

They’ve gone into space
They’ve put up a flag
They’re just monkeys dressed in divine drag
How many of their own kind have died trying to earn those rags?
Track Name: Vampyre
Shadows stalking the land
Under the cover of night

Planting the seeds of remorse
Killing your taste for the light

Separate the weak from the herd
Drag them off to the lair

Nothing left of this man
But the scent of blood in the air

Nosferatu
All of your fears are laid bare
Nosferatu
The vampire’s unblinking stare

A butcher lives in us all
Just under a friendly veneer

A killer lives in your soul
You are already that which you fear

Nosferatu
All of your fears are laid bare
Nosferatu
The vampire’s unblinking stare
Track Name: Ruins
Here in this place a great city once stood
Resplendent to behold, cruel in power
Dominating the land enslaving all it pleased
Now covered in earth, nothing left to see

All things pass, all fates are sealed
All that lives must pay the final fee
Our greatest fears and loves
The hopes of you and me
All things pass

Rulers, slaves and gods, all must die and rot
Castles pulled down to the earth
Skyscrapers crumble and the churches fall
Entropy will come and it rules us all

All things pass, all fates are sealed
All that lives must pay the final fee
Our greatest fears and loves
The hopes of you and me
All things pass

You must contemplate the charnel house
And learn to live amongst the bones
Soon to crumble into fine dust
We die without a home, all alone

All things pass, all fates are sealed
All living things must pay the final fee
Our greatest fears and loves
All the hopes of you and me
All things pass
Track Name: Blind Statue
Blind statues
See more than you
Dumb animals
Say more than you

Why can't you see?
Don't you have anything to say?

You just stand there crying
Where's my share?
I did all they asked of me
Where's my share?

Why can't you see?
Don't you have anything to say?

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