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We all love a supergroup, and groups don’t come much superer than Ensemble Pearl, boasting members of Boris, Sunn O))) and Ghost amongst their ranks, who here spread their limbs over four sides of vinyl for a mammoth collection of psychedelic tone-worship and slow, celestial doom-drone. The aforementioned Sunn O))) are an obvious reference point here, but also bands like Earth, with the dusky, languorous snakes of guitar slicing through meditative synth drones with drifting feedback and buzzing distortion on the opener reminding me of Dylan Carlson’s scorched-earth Americana.
In places the synth drones take centre stage and it all gets a bit cosmic, while elsewhere there are distant dub-echo drums, swirls of Tangerine Dream-esque synth and long, sustained, slow drifting guitar melodies, evoking a cinematic space ritual feel that often falls somewhere between Master Musicians of Bukkake and Anthroprophh. It’s very slickly done and everything sounds huge, with the slow plod and drone of man and machine rippling through cosmic euphoria and dystopian bleakness with a cold, patient determination. It’s a solid bit of slow, atmospheric instrumental darkness.
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