LP £12.49 FRKWYS8LP
LP on RVNG with nearly an hour's worth of bonus downloads!.
CD £10.99 FRKWYS8CD
CD on RVNG Intl. with nearly an hour's worth of bonus downloads!.
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- Frkwys Vol. 8 by Blues Control & Laraaji
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RVNG's FRKWYS series continues to go from strength to strength with this mega-relaxing offering of minimal psych chunterings from Blues Control & Laraaji. The series pairs up modern day musicians with their aesthetic forebears to create collaborative albums. The recent one that paired David Borden with all the modern American cosmic synth types was great, and this continues to tap that rich vein of inspiration which this series has stumbled across. Apparently Laraaji's electric zither explorations of the late '70s were a big inspiration to Blues Control, and this album is a modestly paced and understated affair, with Blues Control very much in their more minimal cosmic psych zone. Tinkling new age chimes and semi-ambient high end tinkle and bubble laid over warm liquid drones are the order of the day, sometimes with some Eastern-sounding vocalising over the top to provide some kind of focus. The A side is entirely percussionless drifting, and then the flip kicks off with a bouncy kraut groove underpinning everything, which really brings some colour to proceedings, before the drums drop out and the groove continues on a more new age tip, with dripping microbeats and sinister synth washes making it feel like that bit in every horror film where they've got to go down into the sewers. This gradually eases off until by the end of the track there's near-silence bar the occasional twinkle and static whoosh. Then on the closer we're back into the healing relaxation of the first track, with perhaps a little more density and melodic focus. This one's probably my favourite of the collection. There's nearly an hour's worth of downloads included that wouldn't fit on the album, too, so you're really getting your money's worth here.
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