Released : 2016

Style : Dark Ambiant / Neo meditative -contemplative music

Label : Counsouling Sounds

Country : Belgium


CHVE are the initials of Colin H. Van EECKHOUT. Here id about the personal and intimate artwork/craft of  the voice and one of the 5 hearts of AMENRA. Originally from Courtrai, Colin is initially issued from the hardcore scene. he played in different bands one of them was Spineless. Present in lots of artistic and musical collaborations in different environments .

Particularly known for his identity of the charismatic singer within the founder band of the Church Of Ra. I would qualify him of “provided with a charismatic humility”. It’s a kind of personality running away from the highlights while he’s inescapably propelled on the  foreground by  his artistic power contained in all he  undertakes. He imparts this paradoxal feeling of a mystic experience lived in pain. Proper to those who create with

CHVE are the initials of Colin H. Van EECKHOUT. Here id about the personal and intimate artwork/craft of  the voice and one of the 5 hearts of AMENRA. Originally from Courtrai, Colin is initially issued from the hardcore scene. he played in different bands one of them was Spineless. Present in lots of artistic and musical collaborations in different environments .

Particularly known for his identity of the charismatic singer within the founder band of the Church Of Ra. I would qualify him of “provided with a charismatic humility”. It’s a kind of personality running away from the highlights while he’s inescapably propelled on the  foreground by  his artistic power contained in all he  undertakes. He imparts this paradoxal feeling of a mystic experience lived in pain. Proper to those who create with their guts. You can name it a psychomachia.

I think you admire it or not but you can’t stay indifferent.

their guts. You can name it a psychomachia.

I think you admire it or not but you can’t stay indifferent.

This opus was published in 2016 by consouling sounds, following the previous issue of the artist RASA (2015) and extending it. It’s a long track of 26 minutes comporting 3 titles « RASA », « Le Petit Chevalier » and « Charon ».
It’s a live recording.

The common thread of those sound  is the gurdy that CHVE uses as a genuine crucible imposing its long and solemn meditative spreads. That instrument is originally medieval, its body is closer to a lute’s one. Here you’ll be able to discover the impact of this kind of tool coupled to the angelic voice of Van Eeckhout who alternates psalmodies, singings and whispers.

The whole punctuated by discreet drums and some bass lines. It can be crude at first, but in no way. The work of the sound and
and consistency are  indeed present, No feeling of emptiness to be regretted.

“Le Petit Chevalier » is a title of the 70’s of ” Nico” with some evocative lyrics.

The redundancy of the phrasing combined with the gurdy are quite hypnotic just like the positionnement of the singings ornemented with typical medieval melismas.

Subjectively, the masterpiece of this opus is this third title, Charon. It contains an ethereal delightfully bitter volubility and is especially peculiar to Colin Van Eeckhout. The video of this title is sumptuous and shows the sons of the musician.
In Greek mythology, Charon is the psychopomp, the old man who sails the waters of the Styx to bring the dead souls to the other side. All this is very symbolic  a father and his sons, the transmission, the passage of the previous generation.

Anyhow, the 3 titles are indivisible.

This way of transporting the listener in this monolithic and opaque atmosphere is reminiscent of the deep and close links that unite Colin and the Oakland band, NEUROSIS, specifically Scott Kelly in his work with “The Road Home”.

C’est sous la forme d’un digisleeve que j’ai acquis cet « album ». Le support physique est d’une importance sans pareil. Le concept visuel développé autour de la musique par le biais du packaging est capital. C’est le renforcement du sentiment autour d’une œuvre sonore et mélodique.  On pourrait en utilisant un oxymore, dire ici que nous somme face à un tableau « richement dépouillé ». Ce qui à mon sens sied parfaitement au type de mise en scène iconographique qu’utilise CHVE.

It is under the form of a digisleeve that I acquired this “album”. The physical medium is of unparalleled importance. The visual concept developed around music through packaging is crucial. It is the reinforcement of the feeling around an audible and melodic work. We could use an oxymoron, saying  that we are facing here a “richly stripped” painting. Which in my opinion perfectly suits the type of iconographic staging used by CHVE

The digi is matte black with a central circular medallion containing the gray-scale photo of a newly born black lamb that seems to be taking its first steps.

At the opening of the digipack, we find this circular but white medallion sealing Colin’s face while he’s playing gurdy.

That highlights several things to enter into his own artistic dimension.

First, it does not show the “figure”, of the “singer of AMENRA”. What may seem vain because it is his trademark stage, evolving live largely turning his back to the crowd in a form of self retreat. This paradox thus offers the two perspectives of the approach.

The gurdy stands  photographically in front of the picture, as well as the hands of the artist, showing the way to the listener on what is primordial in this work.

Last but not least, the image of the lamb that goes from one panel to the other perfectly fitting in this solar form and taking the place of the gurdy player. A form of allegory of himself in filigree of this iconographic Christic figure of the Mystic Lamb coming to wash away humanity of its sins with his innocence.

But this lamb is black, which brings us back to the image of the black sheep, the dark loner, the marginal, the one who walks alone.

What seems to me all the more obvious when one dwells more deeply on the libretto is the relation to Art and Death.

Along the different photos, we discover that this black lamb is in fact naturalized, so he’s dead. If you watched the documentary “Le Petit Chevalier”, Colin talks about his vision of life, music, family and art. He tells about the loss of his father and a kind of fatality / family curse that men of previous generations didn’t live old aged. He lives and creates as if his days were counted, as if he had a “deadline”.

In this booklet, except for a very pure photograph of himself, you will also find a mutilated part of his body (the nipples) arranged on a table … “This is my body” … And a reliquary containing them, like two hosts in suspension. Testifying of this death in suspense. Indeed, the reliquaries contain only very rarely the relics of living people (exceptions have existed in the past in Europe).
Unless these relics are contained in a ciborium and are hosts called “the body of Christ” (Christ being resurrected, therefore living in the eyes of Christians).

There is here a true cathartic (literally) and ascetic will that is not unrelated to a Christic vision of the straight edge.

I can only advise you to buy this CD, to listen to it alone. Check the videos related to this opus, contemplate the booklet and make sense of this artistic concept in its entirety.

You could dive deeply into yourself…