Human Bell: Ephaphatha (Be Opened)


Ephaphatha (Be Opened)


Dave Heumann (guitars) and Nathan Bell (guitars)


Human Bell (Thrill Jockey 191)

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Dave Heumann (guitars), Nathan Bell (guitars).

Composed by Dave Heumann & Nathan Bell


Recorded: Nathan Bell's house, Baltimore, MD, 2007


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

The music of Human Bell has been categorized as post-rock, experimental rock, and even new age. This of course, puts their music in the same room as Miles' rock-oriented experiments. You know the ones that the jazz purists rolled their eyes at. "Ephaphatha" is an Aramaic expression meaning "to be opened as a portal." The idea is to be open to all things, to allow your ears to be receptive to this particular conversation. One guitar repeats a chord progression and the other sings and howls above it. It's a spooky and entrancing environment. If Miles had come up with this, us non-eyerollers would have been all over it.

Reviewer: Mark Saleski

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