"A Fabric Of Beliefs", Witxes' second album, is full of sudden twists. After undefinable drones in the opener "Through Abraxas I" that change from quietly gradually to loudly, suddenly a powerful, fast throbbing appears. Its effect is sensational, because this track builds up an unbearable tension until then. Just as suddenly there is silence, into which suddenly soft guitar chords bubble. No doubt, the French project relies on sound landscapes, sometimes harsh, often dreamy and picturesque, but always mysterious. But there's another way. In "Through Abraxas III" a sample of an approaching steam engine gets louder and louder and out of the blue a gigantic Wall of Guitars collapses above the listener. That's monstrous New Artrock. In "The Strands" you can hear more and more almost sweet acoustic guitars and like out of nowhere a loud, melodramatic piano tears the moments of silence apart. Witxes always abruptly mutates the fascinating sound paintings - and knows how to captivate with them.
Top track: The Pilgrim