December 31, 2011

HIMEKAMI - MOONWATER, CD, 1989, HIGHER OCTAVE MUSIC, JAPAN

Quite beautiful and expansive, Himekami is an instrumental new-age prog band that weaves its roots in ancient Japanese folklore. The crisp synth textures and shimmer/shines of light percussion really pops this one out farther than you would think. Thirteen tracks of awe-inspired beauty that flows just like the moonwater this CD gets its name from. Happy new year everyone.


December 30, 2011

CONSTANCE DEMBY - NOVUS MAGNIFICAT: THROUGH THE STARGATE, CD, 1986, HEARTS OF SPACE, USA



The seminal masterpiece from Constance Demby and what a ride it is. Weaving symphonic and spaced out synthesizers all over her creation, there is enough to get lost in from pure sonic textures alone. This truly is a fluid masterwork split into only two sides which transform and mutate with each progressive listen. Demby is the master craftswoman and Novus is the best example of her astral carpentry.


December 26, 2011

CONSTANCE DEMBY - SET FREE, CD, 1989, HEARTS OF SPACE, USA

Get ready for symphonic sacred space music from legendary Constance Demby, the new age queen. This OOP masterpiece is phenomenal on so many accounts I don't even know where to begin. It's a true stunner from outer cosmic terrains to inner squish plops. Happy holy days gents, germs and virusi, I'll unleash her other seminal album in a day or two, so hold yer collective breaths.


December 24, 2011

CHANNEL LIGHT VESSEL - AUTOMATIC, CD, 1994, GYROSCOPE/ALL SAINTS RECORDS, USA

Channel Light Vessel has been called an 'ambient supergroup', due to the members of Bill Nelson, Roger Eno, ex Dream Academy's Kate St. John, Laraaji and cellist Mayumi Tachibana. Automatic isn't heavy on ambiance in the 'drone' definition of the word, but these slightly rocking compositions are drenched in the atmospherics albeit not in a Kranky sort of fashion, but more similar to my previous post of Paul Harlyn's record. Large bouts of ecstasy on this magic starship ride.


December 22, 2011

PAUL HARLYN - GREAT BARRIER: BETWEEN WHAT IS REAL AND WHAT IS IMAGINARY, CD, 1993, RADIKAL RECORDS, USA

This typically un-typical new-agey electronic/ambient slicer sure delivers its shades of transplendence, and I really took to this disk quite well. Tomb tattling room shattering battle station siren comforts and blink block house shutter-effect shocktones round out this disc very cutely. All tracks have their shiny squeakle moments, all tracks reign hard, good god I'm drunk and slipping. Pie eating contests for your new age fibers!


December 20, 2011

V/A - FAIRE IS THE HEAVEN: MUSIC OF THE ENGLISH CHURCH, CD, 1988, COLLEGIUM RECORDS, U.K.

'Tis the season for English choral religious beauties. This remarkable collection brings together four separate eras of church musics, from the latin rite to the reformation, and from the restoration to the Anglican revival and 20th century. It's a wide expansive array, and one that makes late-night Christmas light drives all the more wondrous. Recorded in 1982.


December 9, 2011

RALF BACH - MORE DESIRE FOR LOVE, CD, 1995, INNER WORLDS MUSIC, GERMANY

First of all I just have to say, pay no mind to that hippie-dippie Sunlandic Twins-ish cover, and that title. Nothing can misrepresent this music more than its packaging. This new-agey instrumental kuffufin is more sinister than one would come to expect. The first half of the record plays like a brooding ex-lover thinking up dastardly deeds in his evil cocoon, whereas the last two tracks are served up similar to new age artist Shastro, with light guitar balladry. Ralf Kuhn must've been in a dark place when he conjured this up for Inner Worlds, and I'm sure he was tired of this cheesy bullshit type marketing as much as the next derelict. All said and done, this is a beautifully wicked piece of composited tones and auras.


ZEN DADIO - NOW AND ZEN, CD, 1997, BOHO RECORDS, USA

These swing-bop katz came on the scene when a lot of their swing-jazz contemporaries were starting to see faint glimmers of the spotlight, but Zen Dadio downplays being too ostentatious by flaunting their skill-zet. A lot of fun be-bop a hip-hop a somebody stop me! Perfect for taking that lovely lady to the Coco-Cabana. Nonsense vocals and moderate tempos accentuate the positive quite finely here, and though its a bit hit or miss, hopefully the hits outlast the flaws-a-flinging.


December 6, 2011

ANGE - LIVE IN FRANCE '77

Once again, Eric Lumbleau from the ultra-relevant Mutant Sounds sphere shared with me some performance footage of the legendary Francophonic prog band, Ange. Most notable is the second video which features one of the best endings I've ever witnessed with my own peeps.

November 28, 2011

MICHAEL LEE FIRKINS - CACTUS CRüZ, CD, 1996, SHRAPNEL RECORDS, USA

A mescaline-inspired blues-fueled road trip across desert skies and whiplash winds. Michael Lee Firkins is a masturbatory master of the six-string arts and here he indulges in all that he knows, bringing in a nice comfort and a playful boundlessness that reaches fruit-bearing aural plateaus. Cactus Crüz is an exciting romp which makes my fingers sore from hearing every note of the guitar played upwards, sideways and back again. A groovy little soundtrack to an Easy Rider-lite cappuccino whiskey concoction, which takes you anywhere that you're ready to ease into, even the theme to Sanford & Son.


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November 20, 2011

LEVEL 42 - WORLD MACHINE, CD, 1985, POLYDOR RECORDS, U.K.

New wave easy-listening jazz funk fusion masterpiece. Squeezes to please with midi smoothness and bass-centric pop jam lite. Routes no longer explored in this day and age, yet still feels fresher than ever if this is your airy cup of tea-cheese.


November 16, 2011

COWS - SORRY IN PIG MINOR, CD, 1998, AMPHETAMINE REPTILE RECORDS, USA

Known as Cows most 'experimental' album, Sorry in Pig Minor is the best work I've ever heard from the group, and the O.O.P. status on this dissonant funk disk makes me full of fury. What we have here is an anything goes approach that takes so many nice directional detours that the sheer maze-strategy dynamics make for many intriguing listens. Not to mention the band is in full-force here with King Buzzo taking hold of the production and sending Cows way outside of their usual blooze-fueled pastures. This is a remarkable disc and one that you should smudge up with your grubby ear tendrils.