Edward Ka-Spel, he of The Legendary Pink Dots, recently embarked on a new solo / collaborative venture with the help of Amanda Palmer. High On Station Yellow Moon is an ambitious song suite in two parts (and ten sub-parts), creating strange worlds through quiet psychedelia. CD and LP editions on Soleilmoon.
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Edward Ka-Spel was the co-founder is psychedelic lunatics the Legendary Pink Dots and has recently (improbably) recorded an album with ex Dresden Doll and person with a million Twitter followers Amanda Palmer. Palmer turns up here too but mainly this is the work of Ka-Spel. It veers between spoken word over eerie psychedelic noise and strange story songs which sit between Syd Barrett, Edward Lear and Tim Smith (Cardiacs). It's unique - Ka-Spel is obviously as 60's influenced as any travelling psychedelicist but also showcases a knowledge and love of cut up electronics and sound collage mayhem.
On 'The Leary Cloud' what starts off as a 'Piper in the Gates of Dawn' ballad soon melts into a spliced piece of electronica as if Fennesz has appeared half way through the track and got his scissors out. It's this blend which makes this album fascinating. It's a disconcerting listen which pulls your ears into places they may have never been but try to imagine a cross between Nick Nicely and early Oval and you are somewhere close. Also a warning: you are going to have to be ok with spoken word. I'm generally 'not that keen' but this is such a dream like oddball release that I kinda got sucked in.
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