Another of this week's Bardo Pond-related LPs out on Important Records, this release from Moon Phantoms features Michael and John Gibbons, Isobel Sollenberger, Jason Kourkounis, and Suishou No Fune's Pirako Kurenai and Kageo helping out on guitar and vocals. That's some line-up, and as is to be expected from such a stellar cast, this is wholly brilliant piece of avant-rock improvisation. The prevailing tone of the first side, as dominated by the immense 'Departure into Space' is one of colossal free roaming psychedelia, with a real sense of depth provided by the wall of guitars, which is soaked in just the right amount of distortion as straggly lead parts flail around the atmosphere casting off solo licks. The B-side is the real star here though--'All Is Dyed in The Midnight' involves a roomier, more restrained approach, meaning guitars are used for soundscaping and Isobel Sollenberger's flute is able carve out some otherworldly melodic lines. A blast.
Deep in the forest ethno-drones, drenched in buzz and shimmer. Sitar, guitar, cumbas, and all sorts of percussion create exquisite layers psych drone Nirvana that will transport you to another dimension. Strangely peaceful, the music we hear in our heads when we lay in grass at night staring at the stars.
- Moon Phantoms - Moon Phantoms (2009) - 256 Kbps
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