on 4 August 2001
Thoroughly recommended if you like fsol,basically outtakes from the lifeforms sessions,being in favour of using monikers,fsol released this as amorphous androgenous,not much hype with the release,but for those in the know,this is a gem of an album,easily on a par with their best work to date(still waiting for new sounds boys!).one track segues into another,not exactly ambience more beats orientated,i like to use the expression 'liquid sounds' when describing this album and much of fsol's later work,the sounds are so crisp,clear,clean and dirty,just close your eyes when listening,images build up in your mind almost as if its narrating a place or time to you,give it a try you wont be disappointed
on 23 January 2008
Sadly this is the type of old stuff no one cares for anymore. Regardless, this little jewel is a masterpiece of ambient sounds and some beats which stands highest among "early" electronica stuff. Everyone who likes FSOL will like this even better. All of the tracks are very good and it is a very pleasurable album to listen to in the dark, letting your mind go, flowing freely. Great artwork too.
I got into FSOL and related releases when I was living in London, so these albums are very cherished to me. I guess I am a nostalgic, anyway.
on 31 October 2010
Due to its 'side-project' nature, and suggestions of it being leftovers from 1994's FSOL album "Lifeforms", "Tales of Ephidrina" often gets left out of discussions and lists regarding FSOL and early '90s ambient techno. Which isn't to say that it's underrated - you'll be pushed to find a negative review of this little album, and quite fairly so.
Sitting comfortably between Dougans and Cobain's earlier techno-led, four-to-the-floor album "Accelerator", and the aforementioned sprawling ambient magnum opus "Lifeforms", "Tales of Ephidrina" combines pulsing kick drums and snappy hi-hats with field recordings, synth textures and other sonic debris that the FSOL name eventually became synonymous with. Opener Liquid Insects features one of the duo's trademark two minute 'environments' opening the album, before launching, full-throttle, into a pounding techno number that gives the dance music leaders of their day a run for their money. Similar energy is found in the album's near-title track, Ephidrena, and the bleep house of Auto Pimp. Elsewhere, things calm down, with slower breaks and shuffling beats driving Fat Cat and In Mind forward at a more thoughtful pace. Only on Mountain Goat, however, do we witness the band's full ambient potential, with its layers of acoustic guitar, strings and gurgling sounds (which sound suspiciously like something from Tangerine Dream's "Phaedra" album), suggesting the path the band would take in the future.
Like its intended follow-up (1994's scrapped Amorphous Androgynous album, "Environments", which turned up under the FSOL guise in 2007), "Tales of Ephidrina" is a bite-sized album, running little longer than 45 minutes, but one which deserves more recognition as an example of some of the best rhythmic music to come out of the '90s ambient boom.
on 23 October 2000
The title/artist of this CD belies the content; this is actually an album by The Future Sound of London, made up of the leftovers after "Lifeforms" was released. Not to disparage it by any means; this is quality stuff! It's just that the material didn't fit in with the rest of "Lifeforms" so rather than shelve it, FSOL released it under another name. Consequently, if you like FSOL, from their first to most recent album, you'll love this CD. Twisting between undefinable sounds and haunting melodies with phat beats and bass to die for, this album is all we have come to expect from FSOL. Can't wait for the new album out after Xmas 2000...
on 31 December 2000
I actually found this (American) version of the CD in a shop hidden away in a corner, and only looking at the FSOL Lifeforms album that I found out that it was one of their aliases. Anyway the tracks on the album are more Dance orientated that that of the later FSOL moniker and reflects that of FSOL's earlier Accellerator era. The tracks flow together to form a whole album rather that just a string of single songs. Each of the tracks of sonically superb and creates a vivid soundscape that is chilling as it is intriguing. In conclusion a worthwhile purchase for anyone interested in FSOL's less ambient work
on 30 May 2013
When I bought this album I was speechless, I knew nothing of its author, it's music, I liked the name, title and album cover, and when I heard I was ecstatic. A celestial electronic music, with guitars to touch the edges of the heart. Then I learned that some musicians were of Future Sound of London, which I have never liked them. For that I foll Amorphous Androgynous only.