Welcome to the further adventures of Bohren and his crew of axe carrying jazz deconstructionalists. This is their second album released on Kreidlers's Wonder label after the equally essential 'Sunset Mission' from 2000. How to describe Bohren? They are jazz, they are ultra dark - but please throw away out all of your prejudices. A core band of four playing drums, bass, piano, keyboards, saxophone very slowly (in a classical framework) without any traditional jazz rhythm feelings. They are one of the most confusing and interesting groups operating today having once been a full on death metal band before some very strange metamorphosis took place. 'Black Earth's ability to weirdly bliss you out with their slo-mo clouds of atmosphere and gently dread make it one of my highlights of 2002. Fans of Twin Peaks simply have to investigate without any further delay! Essential.