Man alive, this is something. A dude called Alan Jefferson decided one day in the 1970s that he wanted to make a musical space epic, and so he did, using whatever equipment he had to hand. Galactic Nightmare is the astonishing result, sounding like little else. This is the first proper release the 86-minute magnum opus has had, all thanks to Trunk.
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7/10 Laurie Staff review, 22 July 2015
Hull. A town-shaped hole in Yorkshire that culture forgot. Or at least, that’s what the British comedians want you to think, as it seems that underappreciated old port city birthed some ambitious music folk, in this case the grand sci-fi vision of resident Alan Jefferson.
If you enjoyed Zarelli’s Soft Rains (narr. Leonard Nimoy) then this is equivalent. A deeply conceptual record about a fearsome discovery in the depths of the nothingness of space, centred around a character presumably a projection of Alan Jefferson’s personality. Spoken overdubs tells part of the story, but mostly Jefferson speaks through moog synths, rough ‘n’ ready drum machines and the occasional guitar/bass. Side 1 & 2 provide an interesting contrast between cheez ‘we’re going on a journey!!’ triplet drums and gleeful synth wails on 1 and more of a restrained, laid back groove on 2. The melodies stay the same though - a clear vision of Ian doing his ‘elves and pixies’ routine comes to mind.
This guy called Bo Hansson made a cheesy theatrical tribute album to Watership Down in the 70s, and this is pretty much the electronic extension of that, with the same storytelling lead melodies and multi-part suite. I’m not a huge fan of the cheese synth revival thing but I know a lot are so I’ll not hold that against it. It’s a successful and impressive endeavour, especially considering his DIY approach leading to a 6 year creation period. Oh and Jon Brooks is on mastering & sequencing here, if you’re not excited enough yet.
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