I had no other choice... Yeti Rain is anything but your typical band, so I could not write a typical CD review.
Yeti Rain is an atmospheric mind trip that is dark and foreboding, and even disturbing at times. Playing like the score to some futuristic outer space horror film, "Discarnate" is a disc that will leave your body numb and your mind frozen. I can safely say that I have never heard anything like this. This defines unique. Unicorn Records, Roger Ebner, and progressive rock genius William Kopecky offer something that will alter your psyche. When I listened to this I started to close my eyes. After that, the journey had begun. I felt cold and shaky at times. I felt as if I was weightless and drifting at times (and when you're 6'4" and 280 pounds this is no small feat). I even had horrible visions and suicidal thoughts. No, I'm not the most psychologically balanced individual, but I can guarantee that this disc will stir something inside of your mind as well. One listen and your cerebral cortex will be in grave danger. Words like haunting and ethereal have been used to quite accurately describe this project, and the listening experience has been summed up as an "aural hallucinogenic." Yep. The disc should come with a label something to the effect of "WARNING: Listening to this disc may cause you to test positive on a random drug test." This really is a dark, ambient and mysterious disc that acts as a mind altering drug.
The artists involved in this project, Roger Ebner and William Kopecky, prove to be true visionaries with "Discarnate." William Kopecky is a progressive rock giant that plays fretless bass better than anyone I've ever seen. But if you want traditional jamming you'll have to listen to William's Far Corner or Kopecky projects. You won't hear outbursts of soloing or huge clusters of notes here, but that's really the beauty of the whole thing. You can barely tell that you're listening to someone playing a bass at all. This one is all about tone and feel. The depth of the notes and the flow of tone is what make this work. These pieces act as musical meditation; yoga for the mind, if you will. The titles of these tapestries of sound are as interesting as the music itself. "The Veiled Daughters of Sleep," "The Prophets' Needle," and "Dreaming in the Teeth of Forever" are a few of my personal favorites. The word discarnate is defined as "having no material body or form," and I think the music upholds this definition perfectly. This set is a mind bending sound landscape where nothing is firm or rigid. The thick, smooth tones flow like muddy chocolate syrup oozing down the knotty tree trunks of a dark swamp.
If you want to take a trip inside your mind, this is the soundtrack you need. But beware; you may not be ready for this. You need to dig deep inside your soul to invite this in, because that's the only place where this disc can reside. This is an engrossing excursion of sound that pleads with your mind to add some sight.
Like the disc, the written text of this review is a bit puzzling and quite unusual. A review like you've never seen, telling you of something like you've never heard. Yeti Rain takes some work. It takes some soul searching to really enjoy the full effect. Like this review, the music appears to be dark and confusing at first glance, but if you open your soul and invite this disc inside, you will find that the riddle will begin to solve itself. Do yourself a favor and take the Yeti Rain adventure. It's a musical exploration like no other.