Rapoon – The Kirghiz Light (Zoharum)


The already massive discography of Robin Storey continues to expand – even backward in time. In association with its painstakingly compiled, comprehensive reissue program (four double volumes of Seeds in the Tide to date, chronologically collecting odds and sods from singles, limited editions and so forth), Polish label Zoharum now presents a bulky, three-disc reintroduction to perhaps the quintessential, career-defining album of Rapoon (and of an entire genre, discreetly industrialized tribal ambient), The Kirghiz Light.

The Kirghiz Light is the light that always shines amber yellow on a late afternoon slant, that penetrates from the far west and throws up weird shadows in forest and desert alike, that illuminates dancing wills-o´-the-wisp and captures their never before heard song. It is a contour map of an inner fourth world, one in which the Creator has erased the borders separating countries and pressed “shuffle”.

Released in 1995 as a double album three years after Storey left the fluid Zoviet France collective, this new edition appends a bonus disc dubbed “Our Calling Light”, featuring original demos for the mother album refashioned into a brand new work, one that dovetails seamlessly with the original while casting it in a somewhat colder, bluer light.



About Author

Born and raised in Toronto, Stephen Fruitman has been living in northern Sweden lo these past thirty years. Writing and lecturing about art and culture as an historian of ideas since the early nineties, his articles have appeared in an number of international publications. He is also a contributing editor at Igloo Magazine.