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- 4/23/03 by Bardo Pond + Tom Carter
9/10 Mike Staff review, 24 January 2012
Nearly ten years ago, Bardo Pond got together with their friend Tom Carter of Charalambides fame and spent a single day in April putting together two and a half hours of drawn-out psychedelic meditations. This is totally relaxing, bong-fuelled astral madness from start to finish. It's reminding me a little bit of that fantastic Eternal Tapestry & Sun Araw collaboration that came out a few months back with these laid back stoner grooves and more out-there minimal weirdness with Bardo Pond on fine form while Carter picks out his beguiling, fragile yet muscular psych guitar lines. You can tell by both the quality and quantity of music on offer here that the moment they captured was one in which they were well attuned to one another's styles instantly and just wanted to capture as much of that magic as they could while it was still there, as this kind of magic is so often a fleeting thing that's hard to recapture. Lucky for them they don't have to, then, since the whole trip was caught on tape and is now being made available in its most expansive form yet in the form of this double LP with CD and download and screenprinted gatefold sleeve and bonus never-before-released material from the mighty Three Lobed. If you're a fan of Bardo Pond or Charalambides (and let's face it, you are) then I can reassure you that this is far from a throwaway or novelty release but stands up strongly in relation to their non-collaborative bodies of work. Drifting gently between far-out therapeutic psych-drone vibes and slightly more post rocky bits, but never getting confrontational or hard work, this is an absorbing document of an extraordinary day.
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