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Siberian Earth Curve
Siberian Earth Curve

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Flawless, 19 July 2012
This review is from: Siberian Earth Curve (Audio CD)
The one man drone entity Birchville Cat Motel strikes fear into the hearts of many a man/woman who dare listen, and who dare take in the lethal sounds that lurk within one of his early releases. With drone, I always felt it was superior if served as background music and/or fall asleep music - this being a perfect example. However, a closer listen, maybe on headphones will reveal another chapter to the story. This is not advised. It sends more than shivers down the spine; it sends nausea, paranoia and the feeling of being trapped in a straightjacket. Afraid? You should be. In its entirety, there are build ups that are similar to escalating the scope of the largest buildings in the world, at ten times the speed of an ordinary escalator. Incessant and cold calculating; the higher it gets, the louder it becomes; the thicker air becomes, and the more dense and multilayered sound becomes. Get it.
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Vista Point
Vista Point

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable laid-back ride through the desert, 8 Oct. 2010
This review is from: Vista Point (Audio CD)
Vista Point, collects the Pot Head EP with the full-length follow-up Rock Formations. The opening track from the latter opens up the proceedings remarkably well, one which takes you straight to the heart of the Palm desert where stoner rhythms and vibes are the order of the day, both of which are the essential qualities that make up stoner rock, alongside a hefty dose of smoke, of course. While often in stoner rock there's an extraordinary amount of amplification, here this is stripped down in favour of a cleaner more bluesy stoner rock. There's a recurring pattern throughout each and every song; one of travelling through a desolated desert, they don't feel as though they are far apart from each other but in their own individual way; they appear to be just that. It's a stunningly well ordered mix of instruments coming together to form this wonderful cohesiveness. Its hypnotic blend of conjuring up natural wonders and places like deserts, palm trees and the sweltering heat is what gives the record an enjoyable laid-back ride... through the desert if you will. The guitar work is consistently great throughout. Dive in.


NYC
NYC
Price: £11.73

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It Takes Two... To Make A Dream Come True, 1 Oct. 2009
This review is from: NYC (Audio CD)
It takes two to make a dream come true, and this, literally is one such dream. The chemistry between these two musicians is absolutely bustling, very much like NYC. What lays the foundations is the drumming; free as jazz can be, it skittles and rattles gently along. Then there's the electronic toying to harmonize the sporadic percussion, the former creating delightful arpeggios: catchy, tuneful and stiflingly complex in its delivery. For much of the album the differing length for each track feels like little cohesive improvisations. As a whole, this is the most consistent heard yet from Kieran and Steve. More, please!


In the 7th Moon, the Chief Turned Into a Swimming Fish and Ate the Head of His Enemy by Magic
In the 7th Moon, the Chief Turned Into a Swimming Fish and Ate the Head of His Enemy by Magic
Price: £15.74

7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime Masterpiece, 16 Sept. 2009
Congotronics from Konono No 1 blossomed onto the music scene in 2005. The sounds were completely fresh for a Western music world overflowing with monotonously bland indie and dire bedroom laptop electronica. Was this the tragic end to raw talent in music or were listeners not looking far enough, it's a tough decision to make, but I'd wager the latter in this case.

Kaisai Allstars' who share the same ferociously energetic intensity as Konono No 1, unbelievably bizarre long title, In the 7th Moon, The Chief Turned Into a Swimming Fish and At the Head of His Enemy By Magic, is the third and arguably the best in the Congrotronics series. Crammed Discs have delivered this decade's most uniquely timeless album, the long title notwithstanding.

Beginning with an overbearing pounding rhythm to hold everything together including a twinkle clatter here and shimmering guitar lick there - it's a wholly joyous amalgamation of all the underground pulsating energy into music greats: Fela Kuti, Faust and Sun Ra; its energy and timelessness especially reminiscent of the German Krautrock scene in the 70's. Not for a single solitary second throughout the entire song, or in fact the entire album does this energy give up. It travels through light and dark and at its more quieter moments, like on the title track serves a short contemplation. The flow is absolutely astounding and unlike any other musical force bestowed onto our Western ears. Like a voodoo ritual deep in the hottest African environment - sparse streets - no trees, only rocks, stones and a group of black musicians - speaking and singing in their own language. Which while not understanding the lyrics is a slight downside to fully enjoying the music within - it only adds to its mysterious voodoo-like entity, offering a sublime hour and 10 minutes of spellbinding music.


Pure
Pure

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A cathartic listening experience, 6 Mar. 2009
This review is from: Pure (Audio CD)
Following the monolithic slab of metal that was Streetcleaner, Godflesh really cemented their industrial status on Pure. Being at the absolute peak of their polluted Birmingham, England powers. Slow, decayed slab after slab of urban waste, grey, oblivious and emptiness, bleak and desolate, unattended fires in abandoned dark places of pain, betrayal, love and hate. Everything held amazingly and surprisingly well together via a mechanical drum machine that acts as the catalyst for the truly crushing atmosphere ahead. Tiny strands of hope dying. This is Godflesh.


Dhammapada
Dhammapada
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £25.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Unreleased John Mayer Album, 3 Mar. 2009
This review is from: Dhammapada (Audio CD)
I first heard this sometime during an afternoon ploughing through heaps of records in Tottenham Court Road, London - Sister Ray maybe, unsure exactly where I first found this gem of an album. Immediately struck me in its bombastic culmination of raga classical jazz. I hadn't heard of anything quite like this.

Similar album cover art:-
Incredible String Band, The 5000 Spirits or The Layers of the Onion
Quintessence, In Blissful Company

The Absolutely, Marginally, Simply, or Averagely Breathtaking O-Meter:-
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Absolutely Breathtaking


The Adventures Of Ghosthorse And Stillborn
The Adventures Of Ghosthorse And Stillborn
Price: £10.75

4.0 out of 5 stars Smoky, Spooky, Surreal, 24 Nov. 2008
More grown up, still holding on to that inexplicable childlike recklessness as mangled on the critically acclaimed debut. Anthony of the Johnsons fame contributed his delicate vocals to the previous set of tunes, while this is strictly set in a darker terrain, unexplainable and intricately detailed like a spider web, it is spooky and smoky and what is so surprising is the pulling of the strings in the emotional department. The tinkling, shivering tunes are magically fastened to a baby cot of creativity in the writing, surreal and incredible. What Tom Waits conjures up in his lyrics in its unusual earthy mood is the closest these girls come to achieving gold.


Lie In Light
Lie In Light
Price: £12.90

5.0 out of 5 stars A Swirling Psychedelic Work-out, 27 July 2008
This review is from: Lie In Light (Audio CD)
What Cloudland Canyon excel at is preparing the listener with swirling ambience filtered through an all-out psychedelic freak-out backdrop a la Acid Mothers Temple, at their more slower, calmer moments. Like their brethren, the equally magnificent Titan, it's cheekily borrowing the best of krautrock; Amon Duul II et al. What with the German song titles. What if the psychedelic music of Spaceman 3 were sped up, then slowed down?


Grindstone
Grindstone
Price: £15.56

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An amalgamation of a million different sub-genres, 11 Dec. 2007
This review is from: Grindstone (Audio CD)
This is an absolutely astounding corker of a career move. The debut, In The Kingdom Of Kitsch You Will Be a Monster, was good enough, but this one somehow amazingly surpasses its predecessor in more ways than one. Firstly, the pace is consistently good throughout every song, the scope seemingly echoing with loudness, it's past the stage of being always on the verge of bursting, it is always bursting, not unlike like the M83 Dead Cities... album, only this is much more complex in its uncompromising and uplifting quirky blink-and-you'll-miss-it melodies. It moves so fast and drunkenly staggers along; although quite stupidly as you do when under the influence but also in a very intelligent sense, and that's what really sets this talented group of musicians apart from any other experimental band. Paradoxically enough, they deliver the unnecessary chops of hits in spades, that in turn becomes necessary and aesthetically pleasing to the ear.


Visqueen
Visqueen
Price: £10.57

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brutal Brooklyn Brawlers, 28 May 2007
This review is from: Visqueen (Audio CD)
It never ceases to amaze the discerning listener how bloody incredible these guys are and how they continue to achieve great results yet still retain a cult status with age. The quality is absolutely bursting on this one, fuelled by a penchant for good ole' anger and backed up via a throbbing groove. Nothing new, then? Well yes, and no, a new album cover; depicting a deceased woman tied up is a good representation as any to what Unsane are all about. Other than that, it's close to 50 minutes of nothing but assault and battery to all the senses. Nice one!


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