Limited edition of 300 on double vinyl presented in a super-heavyweight gatefold alongside a massive fold-out poster. Beautiful acoustic guitar and tape delay fuzzing psychedelic folk. Perfect lazy summer daze company from Matt Valentine also referred to as simply MV. With a whole host of guest musicians from Dinosaur Jr., Woods, and the Vibracathedral Orchestra.
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- / Limited 180g vinyl 2LP in heavy gatefold sleeve on Golden Lab Records. Edition of 300 copies w/ large fold-out poster
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8/10 Robin Staff review, 11 August 2015
To cut a gatefold story short: The MV out of MV & EE strikes out on his own but finds a lot of travellers on his way, enlisting them for a psych folk quest of MMORPG proportions. The result is, well, a lot of music, sort of sequenced for a stargazing, slow-burning, stoned record that recalls the band Matt Valentine plays in with his partner Erika Elder -- as well as weird strummers Kim Doo Soo, Michio Kurihara and a bunch of other psych atmosphere pioneers who make a modest, pastoral sound and then fill it to the brim with nonsense.
The record’s humble beginnings tout processed and gorgeously initiated acoustic guitar overlapping with gulping synths as Mr. Valentine’s voice lazily bubbles, refusing to surface properly -- it’s like hearing a voice while your ears are underwater, and though his voice sometimes peeks through, it’s always subdued by perspective. “Virtual” offsets his singing with riffs as high in the sky as chemtrails, while a celestial kind of twang connects with a similar aesthetic on the otherwise modest “Spirit”. On longer tracks, MV loses sense of himself completely, which is always a fun trick in his hands: “Free Again” stretches out as endless, empty sound -- the little fragments of guitar are played with no direction, like a compass flickering indecisively between its diagram.
Space rock rarely comes from the ground, but MV has created a record that defines its surroundings gorgeously: the record reverberates, yes, but it does it sublimely, making one feel like they’re in the middle of a world they know nothing about. That’s pretty space, if you ask me.
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