22 Aug 2014

Terrascope reviews Lay Llamas album 'Ostro'


Like many bands in the burgeoning neo-psychedelic scene, Italy’s Lay Llamas trade on repetition and comparatively few notes. However while many of their contemporaries take the Loop/Spacemen 3 route of two chord drone as their template, Lay Llamas draw on more myriad influences as befits a band who can boast stable mates of the quality and inventiveness of Goat, Gnod and Teeth and the Sea. These include obvious nods to World music in the shape of Goat-style Afro-beat as well as embracing a more math-rock dance vibe of the Suuns variety.

A constant factor from the opening tribal stomp of Ancient People of the Stars” is a thoroughly simple yet stunningly effective series of bass lines which underpin most of what is to follow. “We Are You” develops the shamanic ghost-dance-by-campfire aatmosphere as the rhythm section and techno-synthesis coalesce to offer up spaced out loops and grooves aplenty. Nowhere is the bass better executed than on “Desert of Lost Souls”, the rest of the instrumentation floating around it as if in a cavernous void while the vocals insinuate themselves from a box room in next door’s attic (assuming that the attic is in another dimension). “Archaic Revival”, wherein a creaky intro bubbles into a hypnotic and quite compelling beat is quite simply one of the best things here, while “Something Wrong” in which ambient drone gives way to lysergic Afro-funk and the delicious Afro-Asian cosmic dub of “In Search of Plants” also hit the spot.

In sticking a monster jet pack under often tired sounding space rock, Ostro succeeds in re-launching it deep into the outer galaxies while at the same time bringing the genre slap bang up to date for the second decade of the 21st century (hey, I’ve checked and that’s where I think we are). Together with the rest of the formidable Rocket roster and the aforementioned Suuns, Lay Llamas are due to play the Liverpool Festival of Psychedelia this September. On this evidence it is a proposition that is likely to prove mouth-wateringly difficult to resist. (Ian Fraser)

Vist the great Terrascope here: Terrascope


Teeth of the Sea Live at Milhões de Festa 2014

Footage of Teeth of the Sea at Milhoes De Festa recently.
They also shared the bill with Lay Llamas!!


20 Aug 2014

Gnod to play Supermassive festival

Gnod have been added to the bill of Supermassive festival in Helsinki on 24 October.

They join a really stellar line-up that includes The Fall, Fabio Frizzi, Circle, Bong, Tim Hecker, KXP, Umberto and many other great names!

More info and tickets: Supermassive


19 Aug 2014

Multiple Exposure Vol: 7 – Black Tempest (Stephen Bradbury)

Welcome to Volume 7 of our ongoing 'Multiple Exposure' series where we ask musicians to tell us about their favourite pieces of repetitive music.

This volume we are happy to receive a list from Stephen Bradbury (Black Tempest) who’s shared his favourite repetitive pieces of music:

Monks of the Dip Tse Chok Ling Monastery, Dharamasala - Ritual Music of Tibetan Buddhism
Among the ancient roots of repetitive music, somewhere you will find mantra. According to the sleeve notes of this collection it explains that, “the monks have mastered the ancient art of multiphonic chanting...each vocalist produces a chord encompassing two or three tones through the manipulation of overtones”. The low-pitched singing is known as “Gyu Me”. 
Monks of the Dip Tse Chok

The Drummers of Burundi - Live At Real World Part 1
Back before Adam Ant and assorted stompers, the Burundi Drummers knew how to rip up a trancing beat. The sound is made of many rhythms, each representing an important concept. Some rhythms relate specifically to the life of the drums and the drummers. The percussion and the dance are inseparable.
The Drummers of Burundi

Robert Fripp - Let The Power Fall
The Frippertronics album 1984 has been a bit ignored compared to the starlight twinkling of Evening Star and No Pussyfooting. This is where Robert really got into the repetition, and apparently it “starts where God Save The Queen ended”, God Save the Queen being the album featuring Under Heavy Manners with David Byrne. The sleeve notes of Let The Power Fall make fascinating reading, detailing the steps and strategies in Fripp’s infamous plan for the Drive to 1981.

La Düsseldorf - Düsseldorf
It took me some time to chose just one track from either of La Düsseldorf’s two albums, but I kept coming back to this rather than the cool morning sunshine of Cha Cha 2000 or the punkier throb of the (almost identically named) La Düsseldorf, the second track on the same album. This one really is a classic.
La Dusseldorf

Julian Cope - Odin
Julian at the peak of his powers, directed by Thighpaulsandra. 73 minutes and 45 seconds of “a simultaneously-synthesized parallel-harmonic Breathing Meditation”. If I remember rightly he is quoted as saying something like “it really kicks in after about 40 minutes”...class.
Julian Cope

Joy Division - Sister Ray
I would have gone for the Velvets, but that would have been too obvious. Besides, this is great. Decades back I played a half hour version of Sister Ray in a pub in Islington with a Scottish band I used to play in called Brouhaha. It was one of the most ecstatic live experiences I’ve had - proper mad trance thing, so this track has fond and very out-there associations.
Joy Divsion

Miles Davis - TatuI couldn’t find a full version of this online. Miles gets the funk and gets it good. This is a track from the fabulous Dark Magus album. There is stacks of superb stuff from around this period - check out the Fillmore albums, and both Agharta and Pangea.
Miles Davis

Porter Ricks - Port Gentil
From the seminal Biokinetics album. Dub techno at its finest. Minimal and submerged in waves of delay, this one worms its way into your sub(dub)conscious. I also recommend Thomas Koner’s Nunatak-Teimo-Permafrost trilogy - marvellous icy sounds of underwater gongs and frozen soundscapes.
Porter Ricks

High Wolf - Shangri L.A.
Fantastic hypnotic album from the master of loopinesses. Like being submerged in a psychedelic tropical jungle.
High Wolf

Earth - The Rakehell
From Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light II. I particularly like Lori Goldston’s cello on this album, it levens the usually dominant guitars and bass of Earth’s monumental and epic pieces. “Be not afraid of the universe”…

Ash Ra Tempel - Traummaschine
From their classic self-titled debut album. As Archdrude Cope says in Krautrocksampler, “ a percussionless dreamscape of sounds cascades around the room...Ash Ra Tempel is at its greatest when it’s impossible to work out what instrument makes which sound”.
Ash Ra Tempel

Hapshash and the Coloured Coat - Empires of the Sun
First generation psychedelic freakout. Listened to at suitable volume, this has a proper acid intensity and chaotic frenzy to it. This could well be seen as influential on the early Amon Düül, and krautrock as a whole.

Acid Mothers Temple - IAO Chant From The Cosmic Inferno
Taking Gong’s Master Builder to its illogical conclusion - one hour of intense riffage. Out there all the way.

A Certain Ratio - Back To The Start
When I first saw this lot hitting the funk wearing Boy Scout shorts in North London back in the 70s, they were a complete revelation, and a gaping open door to the dance music that followed in the next couple of decades. To Each… is a vastly under-rated classic. Listening to it now, can I help but wonder if a tiny snippet of the DNA from early ACR has crawled under the skin of Teeth of the Sea? The funk, the soundscapes, the trumpet...
A Certain Ratio

Klaus Schulze - But Beautiful
One of the great synth masters at his finest. Fifty minutes of glorious textures and timbres. This is from the Cyborg album, named after the Frank Herbert book according to the sleeve notes of the 2006 re-issue on CD, although I can’t find a book by that name. Perhaps it refers to the Cyborgs in the book The Eyes of Heisenberg - “mechanically enhanced humans long opposed to the immortals” according to Wikipedia. But Beautiful is the bonus track on the CD, recorded during a concert in Brussels in 1977.
Klaus Schulze

This was tough to do - I keep thinking of things I’d love to include. No Parson Sound, Boredoms, Jon Porras, Hawkwind? No Tangerine Dream - how could I leave out Tangerine Dream? And of course Gnod... Maybe I’ll have to do a second batch sometime.

Stephen Bradbury (Black Tempest) August 2014

18 Aug 2014

Anthroprophh - Outside the Circle / Ltd Grey vinyl gatefold LP – now available for Pre-order

With just under a month to go Anthroprophh's - Outside the Circle album is available for pre-order.

The album will be released on the 15th September in all good record shops and the vinyl version comes in as a limited grey vinyl gatefold with insert.

Anthroprophh will be playing the Liverpool Psych Festival and Paul from the band will be back with The Heads for their residency at Roadburn 2015

Read more about the album Outside The Circle

Pre-order your copy from here


Goat live at The MOCAD Detroit 6/12/14 footage

Here's some footage of Goat playing Hide from the Sun in Detroit in June.

Hide from the Sun is taken from Commune, the new Goat album released on 22 September.
You can buy ltd edition preorder bundle versions that come with Tshirts and posters exclusive with these bundles here: Commune Ltd presale bundles


Geoff Barrow and Fat Paul get in the (Freak) Zone

We thought we had to share the news that Geoff Barrow, the head honcho of Invada Records and Portishead/Beak member has been invited by Stuart Maconie  to sit in for him on his next Freak Zone on Sunday 24 August at 8pm.

Geoff has invited longtime friend of Rocket, the legend that is Fat Paul to join him on the show and talk about some Bristol Freaks. So knowing Paul some interesting stories (as well as great music) will be aired.

So well worth a listen we think!

More info here: Freak Zone