Ltd 12” LP with 12-page booklet. Leftfield doesn’t begin to describe this Release. Covering several media forms all centre around the theme of Pinhead in Fantasia (Cenobites dancing with wooden mops?), consisting of contributions from Spencer Clark, David Keenan, and filmmaker AR Faust. In their own words, this record was “Recorded in an Open Air theater and in a golden metal box simultaneously.” And confusion is just the beginning when it comes to Spencer Clark’s music. Derailed, yet fascinating.
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Limited LP + 12-page booklet on Pacific City Sound Visions. aka Spencer Clark.
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Clinton is the only person here that's worked here longer than me apart from the guy who started the bloody company. He now has the enviable task of deciding who reviews what and perhaps even why. He doesn't have to decide where though. Thanks goodness. So I get all the weird shit he cannot make sense of. If the sleeve is impenetrable, the artist's name unpronounceable or if it hurts his ears it goes in Brian's stash.
I think these guys may have listened to the Residents a couple of times. There's also this tropical-flecked sonic mayhem reminiscent of Heroin in Tahiti and early Sun Araw in places. Kind of a transgressive New Age music in others This crazy platter is primarily a collaboration between a talented improvised musician called Spencer Clark (of Skaters fame) and a filmmaker called AR Faust; a name that would look incredibly cool written in gothic script on an aged, tattered envelope.
Some smashing clattering woody percussion and demented jungle-bird whooping on the opener. Goes on a bit though. Improvised music can be less enthralling to experience sans visuals. I'd surely like to see Mr. Faust's films in conjunction with this at least. Crazy zig-zagging aquatic piece next with some nice disembodied flute and huffing tuba - you can certainly hear the Fantasia theme strongly within this tune. There'd may be a lawsuit if you could actually work anything out from the art or labels as to what planet this record has actually landed from.
As this is such a bizarre release to literally interpret ('Writing about music is like dancing about architecture" said an old man with glasses once) I'll leave the other side for you to write about when you buy it. It's quite beautiful for a little while though and involves harpsichord before descending into more feverish aural madness. Depending on your mood this could either enthral or do your head right in. Or both.
One man's dreams, another's nightmares.
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