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This is the fourth of these Oaken Palace LPs I've reviewed today. Phil said they might be hard work but in fact I've enjoyed all four of them! The first one I did was a krautrock trio with Aidan Baker on guitar, so it seems quite fitting that this one I'm finishing with is another trio featuring another noted guitar texturesmith. This time round it's Eric Quach of Destroyalldreamers/thisquietarmy ...

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White Fur /// Black Cathedral by Parallel Lines
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8/10 Mike Staff review, 14 February 2014

This is the fourth of these Oaken Palace LPs I've reviewed today. Phil said they might be hard work but in fact I've enjoyed all four of them! The first one I did was a krautrock trio with Aidan Baker on guitar, so it seems quite fitting that this one I'm finishing with is another trio featuring another noted guitar texturesmith.

This time round it's Eric Quach of Destroyalldreamers/thisquietarmy notoriety, joined by the drums of Pascal Asselin and the synthesizers of Ryan Ferguson. With synths instead of bass is much more of a cosmic deep space kraut trip than Baker's Caudal record, consisting of two quite distinct side-long tracks. On side A 'White Fur' has a Neu!-esque churning repeato groove, kosmische synth arpeggio loveliness and some deeply psychedelic, often quite rocky guitar work.

'Black Cathedral' on the other side is full of slow, syruppy bottom end drones, a lulling drum groove and lots of freeform melodic touches and shivering guitar chimes wriggling around in the persistent hum, morphing halfway through into deep modular loop madness around which the drums and guitar slowly build to a post-rocky crescendo. I think of these two pieces I like the krauty 'White Fur' best, but both are dense and hypnotic compositions with loads of great synth and guitar tones.




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