Demian Castellanos (of The Oscillation fame) recorded the material that makes up Ether back in 1995. He then left the recordings to mature and ripen for twenty years, before mixing them for release in 2015. This is psychedelic music for guitar, four-track and effects pedals, and it reaches some lovely outer limits. LP in nice gold screen-printed sleeve, co-released by Cardinal Fuzz and Out Of Phase Frequencies.
LP £14.49 CF066 / OOP001
Limited black vinyl LP on Cardinal Fuzz / Out Of Phase Frequencies. Edition of 250 copies in metallic gold screen-printed sleeve with insert.
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Psych rock adversary Demian Castellanos has always wowed me more as a solo man than as prime minister of hypnorockers the Oscillation. Way back in mid ‘15 he released volume one of ‘The Kyvu Tapes’, a drone memoir that abstracted his riffs to rumination, offering a noisy ambient counterpart to the more linear music he puts out. He returns here with a one long form piece in the same vein, the thirty-minute long ‘Ether’, and it sounds just as gorgeous.
Using delay and a myriad effects on his electric and twelve-string guitars, Castellanos makes the kind of space rock others could only dream of -- it’s beautified by its beatlessness and its long, stretched chords, which sparkle on and off like stars in the sky. Castellanos dabbles in textures before pulling them out completely, offering a clearing to any fogginess he creates. Hints of his psych rock remain, with stray guitar notes delayed and echoing as if they were about to form a repeated pattern. Here, they’re merely a bit of patchwork among a much huger soundscape.
The piece’s second half is noisier and weirder, a rebellion in collage that offers faraway riffs, solos and what sounds like band practice. Some of the guitar sounds like Satriani and Pink Floyd jamming at the other end of a black hole -- I can’t help but love how playful Castellanos is with his ambience, suggesting that the wankier and rockier bullshit at play in psych rock is an actual part of the big open galaxy it loves so much.
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