Double vinyl LP, with 2 different coloured vinyl in each. Dave Schmidt’s (Electric Moon/Zone Six) solo venture of electronic psych rock. Some of these tracks wouldn’t be out of place in a John Carpenter film with gritty analog arpeggiators and solid bass lines which wouldn’t go amiss in Ghosts of Mars. Highly limited to 500 copies.
Double LP £16.99 DD33
Coloured vinyl 2LP on Deep Distance. Edition of 500 copies. Final ever copies and they've got split spines hence the cheaper price!.
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Despite their attempt to transpose hypnotically tense psych into electronic music -- it sounds kind of like someone yawning, by the way -- Sula Bassana’s ‘Kosmonauts’ is an extremely calm album, one on which the spacey effects and keyboard manifestations are merely atmospheric additions, things floating about in a busy ether above our heads.
Certain ambient acts are good at implementing the kind of constantly renewing landscape that Sula Bassana have tried their hand at here, and there are echoes of their work: the busy soundscapes Expo ‘70 creates mark their influence here, as backed by the firm, krautish drones that made Tangerine Dream masters of their own lucid universes. That said, Sula Bassana’s most immersive work is also their most minimal: the gorgeous “Thora” is introduced patiently, ambience phased in around echoing chords before the song delves into a percussive trance that turns itself off and on at will, changing timbre for fun.
Sula Bassana’s work has shades of John Carpenter’s work in offering terse but ultimately modest soundscapes that don’t interfere but complement; it’s cinematic music, in a way, with the synths sounding fraught, ready for whatever shit’s going to hit the fan around the next corner. It’s thrillingly downtempo for people who want their life to sound more like a B-movie.
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