9/10 Ant Staff review, 09 March 2017
It’s been five years since we heard from Slomo, the “Highly Ritualised Somnambulant Glumbient Downer band from Yorkshire” but with a band name such as that, we wouldn’t expect them to rush things now would we?
The duo of Holy McGrail and Howard Marsden previously released a couple of albums on Important Records and in the interim between ‘Transits’ and previous album ‘The Grain’, McGrail - real name Christopher Patrick McGrail was one third of trio Vesuvio alongside Julian Cope and Stephen O'Malley.
Since the digital promo of their latest tranquilizer ‘Transits’ arrived in my inbox, my cat Xena and I have been snuggling up together and absorbing its wonder - just five minutes into opening piece ‘Concerning The Explorers’ and we were both like Zen monks that had been meditating for days - the glorious, starkly contrasting low and high frequencies seemed to wash all of life's detritus away... and then ladies and gentlemen we were floating in space. The pace and flow of the track is exquisite - generating a gravity annihilating vibe that makes all objects in the room, including the listener feel weightless - I had to hang on to my dear cat for fear she’d levitate through the ceiling. The sound is immaculate, crystal clear - each high frequency a precise twinkle that glistens like a shimmering star, while the lower frequencies massage the body - it feels very therapeutic, meditative and truly celestial - this is proper space music that’s highly potent even for the seasoned psychonaut, and stands head and shoulders above much contemporary ambient/drone.
‘Super Individual’ is something like the sound of solarwinds stripping the upper atmosphere of Mars. Over twenty three wonderful minutes we're treated to calming gusts that distribute particles of dust through the cosmos, shimmering and refracting sunlight until the sun recedes and nighttime falls. Then, in darkness the sound becomes heavier and we catch beings communicating in an unknown language - which all sounds a bit fluffy space alien cosmic music cliché but trust me - this is the real deal.
For the third and final piece ‘The Dialectic’, the duo deploy some particularly satisfying oscillations - the low end providing a backdrop for what sounds like a lost radio transmission of a whistled folk song from some ancient lost civilization. It’s like tapping into disrupted broadcasts between distant planets.
Housed in beautiful gatefold sleeve with artwork by acclaimed Texas-based artist Xochi Solis and sleeve notes from the Spanish explorer and poet, Annexus Quamm.
Seventy minutes of pure bliss that comes very highly recommended. Excellent vibrations.
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