To the casual listener, Dead Sea Apes sound is dripping with heavy psych. The Manchester band don’t want the casual listener though, they want the people who’ll draw back the curtain and look inside to find the subtleties hidden beneath their weighty quilt. Recondite compiles choice morsels and alternative versions of songs showing the, perhaps previously unrealised, transient nature of their music with nods to the past and future direction of their sound. Double vinyl LP On Cardinal Fuzz, limited to 300 copies. Includes download with 3 bonus tracks.
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2LP on Cardinal Fuzz. Edition of 300 copies in gatefold sleeve. Download includes 3 bonus tracks.
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A long, willed-to-life opus certainly seems like the most logical course of action for a band as exalted with loudness as Dead Sea Apes. The Manchester crew obsess over grand designs on ‘Recondite’, creating languishing tunes of psychedelia, heavy with either noise or lethargy. It opens on the daring “Tentacles”, a mix of blissed-out psych-dub and mumble-yelped spoken word, in which electronics bleep like a broken down morse code. The record flies by on these unusual atmospheres until it feels like this strange, unfamiliar void of smokescreen has been your life all along.
Dead Sea Apes fans will know that half the joy of listening to this band comes from becoming subsumed by them -- it may not be until about half way through ‘Recondite’ that you feel fully integrated with its slow-as-hell rhythms, ominously jangling guitar and whirring keys. By “Coronal” they’ve gotten loud; by “Planet V” they’ve gotten skronky; get to “Land of the Sun” and they clatter so hard alongside the low whispers of David Minnikin that feels like they’re asking you whether you’re in or out.
These extremities of length and sound suit a band like Dead Sea Apes; their music should be a journey that spans as many cosmic territories as it can, tethered only by its repetitions. Few bands master the contrasting psychedelic shades of restraint and structural abandon like Dead Sea Apes: the sound effects that lie around their rhythm section are as vivid as Eldritch monsters, and that’s in part due to how stuck on the spot they make you feel. To quote our description writer Fred, it's truly One For The Freaks.
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