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- The Sun Behind The Sun by The Dead Sea Apes & Black Tempest
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At first I thought this record was a split between soundtracky doom-mongers Dead Sea Apes and cosmic tinkerer Black Tempest, but actually it’s a collaborative LP where everyone plays on all the songs. We just listened to the first side and I got so tranced out that I forgot to write anything, and now I don’t even remember what it sounds like. Proper hypno shit. I remember there was lots of repetition and dark psychedelic swooshy noises. Sort of a space-drone-psych-kraut-rock thing.
Now I’m on side B and it’s a single long track with a slightly dubby bassline and the swooshy noises coming more to the fore. I’m assuming those bits are Black Tempest because I saw Dead Sea Apes (at a gig which the good Cardinal of Fuzz put on himself, incidentally) and they were more on a soundtracky rock tip. This side is kind of like Mugstar slowed down, churning hypnotic psych grooves and dark dubby ambience that settles in and wibbles around your drug addled mindhead for minutes and minutes. It’s just the kind of bongy outer space excursion we’ve come to expect from Cardinal Fuzz, but very much on a spacedoom tip rather than Heads-aping wah-fuzz splatter. As I said before it’s totally hypno.
8/10 Austin Matthews Customer review, 8th August 2013
The Cardinal Fuzz label is releasing all sorts of interesting LPs right now from the likes of The Janitors, The Cult of Dom Keller, The Cosmic Dead and Swedish drone band Hills. Perhaps foremost amongst them is this new album from Dead Sea Apes and Black Tempest - two bands from the UK both making their debuts on this joint effort.
Across three long tracks, the pairing make a rapturous racket that’s part-dark droney rock and part-Kosmische drifting rhythms. Opener ‘Grey Alphabets’ almost has a doomy edge as a simple repeated chord structure builds in power before subsiding back from where it rose. ‘Wilder Penfield’ has a more propulsive edge with even a hint of post-punk. The final piece is the 25 minute long ‘Heliopause’, which centres around a meditative bass part, which is almost dub-like in its fractured insistent groove. All sorts of ambient sounds are layered over this to create a truly astounding piece of music.
Highly recommended stuff – as is everything the Cardinal Fuzz label have released to date. Also don’t forget to check out the closely related fanzine, Optical Sounds.
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