This is the first release on new label So Low, an offshoot of Glasgow institution Optimo Music. Happy Meals is Suzanne Rodden and Lewis Cook, and Full Ashram Devotional Ceremony Volumes IV-VI is their second album of experimental dance-pop, checking in with Italo disco, acid and kosmische along the way. Vinyl release with a great cover.
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“FOR LARGE SOUNDSYSTEM USE ONLY” proclaims the label of this here record by Glaswegian megahippies Happy Meals whose latest yellow-sleeved album of freaky electronic dance stuff has just begun spinning on the Norman review deck. Do these massive white headcans count? Let’s assume they do because I’m not gonna find anything bigger around here.
So far, I’ve encountered a throbbing drone track followed by an extremely engaging rough-hewn psych dance pop loop with echoing percussion, loopy flutes and buried voice and synth layers definitely feeling very ritualistic and frenzied. Same can’t be said for the ‘432Hz Resonant Activation Tone’ drone track, though - actually, I think this record player’s running a bit fast right now so the aura activation magic isn’t working. Shame, my orbs are proper mucky right now and need a good cleansing. 438Hz just isn’t the ticket, you know? Seriously that 432 shit is complete bull.
They raise the kosmik on the next track, the synth-and-voice drone complemented by some guitar noodles making it sound very Robert Fripp. This continues on the epic journey that is the B side, that as far as I can tell is a mammoth 15 minute exploration of their cyclical occult synth ritual stuff. It’s sorta like if Sun Araw and Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith plugged in and zoned out. Whoever called this record ‘dance-pop’ was talking utter shite. I’m looking at you, Descriptions Tom.
Very good stuff, but please skip the intro tune.
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