Black Tempest are super-psychedelic proposition, using vocal chants and synthesiser pulses to push all the way into the higher planes. Enfolding Light is the brighter counterpoint to last year’s blackened Darkness Unfolding, and is self-released by the band on CD, with suitably mind-flared artwork from Jake Blanchard.
8/10 Clinton Staff review, 24 March 2016
To describe this record initially I could pretty much leave any attempt at clever wordplay aside and simply repeat a line on the sleeve notes. "Dedicated to my amazing yoga teachers".
Yup we are deep in the heart of truly psychedelic music. I can't confirm at time of going to press whether Stephen Bradbury has, or has ever had dreadlocks but if I was to hazard a guess based on this album I'd say it's more than likely. The opening 'Transmission' (one of three 'Transmission's here) is over 21 minutes long and consists of squelshy pulsating drones, the odd hammer at a bell or two and what I regret to tell you could be a flute (actually a mellotron, thankfully). But six minutes in pulsating oscillating synths take over and the track suddenly becomes an exciting piece of kosmiche. 'Transmission2' begins like prayer time Manningham before again we lurch deep into the world of '70's synth worship. The final 'Transmission' (lord knows what actually relates them) is a delicious crunch piece of old-tronica with shimmering zither sounds on top. It's almost....poppy. Like Talvin Singh remixing the Orb (enough '90's references for you?)
It's a singular sound and that's what I like about this record - it marries deep kosmische synths with field recordings and droned out psychedelia. It's full of surprises too. You'd never guess when battling against the opening 'Transmission' that you'd be rewarded for making it to the final track with a lovely dreamy psychedelic pop song with hazed out vocals that kind of recalls Nick Nicely before it all gets swirled out into dub psych abandon.
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