Brand new album from intense Oakland lot Lumerians who play an intergalactic style of other worldly psych bringing to mind the electronics of Raymond Scott and Jean Jacques Perrey interpreted by the Isaac Hayes Movement. The very limited electric blue colour vinyl edition is sure to swish out fast.
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- Transmissions From Telos Vol. III by Lumerians
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If dear old Mike was here he’d be having a field day with all these releases on Cardinal Fuzz. Thankfully for me who has never touched a marijuana pipe in his life this is not stoner rock and instead is an intense Can-like jam with added bleeps and bloops, the sort Can could only dream of adding to their sonic stew.
Opener ‘Murder Dubs’ certainly has some excellent Jaki Liebezeit drumming, the band adding fuzzy bass and lashings of lashings of keyboard. ‘Furiya’ is more smokey, a less intense jam, with some droney keyboards and guitars over some laid back drumming. Overleaf they get into full on freakout mood. The bands modus operandi is now clear - get some shit hot drumming and slather distorted keys over. It works, especially only the closing ‘Impossible Windows’ with a kind of sci-fi feel to the proceedings, closing with a piece that sounds like Can collab-ing with a way out there Broadcast. Good stuff, I’d pay good money to watch the drummer in action.
10/10 ian robertson Customer review, 16th January 2015
‘Transmissions From Telos Vol. III’ is the latest Long Player offering from Lumerians. The album comes with the striking cover image of Andean cloud forest dweller “gallito de los andes” which means “little rooster from the andes”. Originally formed in Oakland in 2006, Lumerians have built a solid reputation for their sensational live renderings in sound and vision. As befits their self stated ‘space rocks’ tag, ‘Transmissions From Telos Vol. III’ continues 2012’s ‘Transmissions From Telos Vol. IV’ launch-pad countdown. These esoteric sonic hyperspace jumps, voyaging out and beyond uncharted territory.
‘Murder Dubbs’ kicks off side A with a vibe which evokes the Mos Eisley Cantina by way of Burroughs’ Naked Lunch, a jazz infused limbo incursion through the interzone. ‘Turiya’ closes side A with trance like hypnotic rhythms, inducing the fourth Hindu state of pure conciousness, underlying the three common states of waking, dreaming and dreamless sleep. ‘Hook For An Eye’ on side B is a tangential cacophony of syncopation beats and modal flourishes. Album closer and personal favourite is ‘Impossible Windows / Caballero Futuro’, weighing in at 12 minutes and 30 seconds, this ingot is hallmarked with all of the Lumerians’ signatures. This track grows and multiplies, meandering, drifting and floating among the magellanic clouds.
Perhaps the Andean Rooster is the Spanish Gentleman from the indefinite time yet to come…
As with Lumerians’ previous and last vinyl outing, ‘The High Frontier’, the initial listen is uplifting, with each successive immersion unlocking edifying new depths…
Here is a flavour in the shape of ‘Chevaux Fous’ from their ‘Burning Mirrors’ EP…
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