INTERVIEW with John Gore of Cohort Records, ‘kirchenkampf’, etc.

John Gore

John Gore

AUTOreverse #14, summer 2011
John Gore
Cohort Records
‘kirchenkampf’
interviewed by
Ian C Stewart

John, thanks for answering a few questions. Let’s start with that old chestnut, influences. Who are your biggest musical influences and why?
If you mean who do I think I want to sound like, that depends on when the release came out. My style has changed a couple of times since I started in 1986.

My earliest experiences with electronic music were Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze. I was crazy about anything with synthesizers in it.
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REVIEW: ‘kirchenkampf’ + Pixyblink “Nevermore and Nevertheless” CD, 2011

'kirchenkampf' + Pixyblink - Nevermore and Nevertheless CD, 2011

'kirchenkampf' + Pixyblink - Nevermore and Nevertheless CD, 2011

KIRCHENKAMPF + PIXYBLINK
Nevermore And Nevertheless CD, 2011

Cohort Records
John Gore and ambient cohort (get it?) Pixyblink bring the massive, exhaling whoosh on this one. Drones, arranged to decay, and not. There’s a looping, high whooshy thing on opening piece “Affair De Coeur” that is quite something else. “Enfant Terrible” vacillates between quiet beauty and obnoxious aggression. Hellish soundtrack music. Or, soundtrackish hell music, take your pick. “Profanum Vulgus” is a cool title for one of the more understated pieces on this album. The quiet moments in general are terrifying and beautiful. “Mal De Mer,” I like the way the synths are being tweaked and freaked in both speakers. “Laborare Est Orare” ends the album on quite a majestic note, literally. Awesome.
Ian C Stewart