Drone master Justin Wright, also known as Expo 70, is treating us to some old hard-to-find cassette drones: Woolgather Visions and Mechanical Elements. Title-track Mother Universe Has Birthed her Last Cosmos will is set to drag you to other places with incessant, endlessly deep drones, constantly evolving and shifting.
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Psychedelic twiddling is still in circulation in this here 2018 so what better time than this to remind yourself Expo 70 exist? America’s finest hobbyist space station unveil yet another one of their long as hell jams, offering sweltering drone and twanging raga over an hour(!) of slowburn.
‘Mother Universe’ is actually an archival offering, the tunes stemming from ‘08 to ‘10 but somehow coming together as a seamless run of sound. It’s likely because Expo70’s music is so innately meditative and patient in form that it never feels out of place: the deep, hissing sauna drone of “Tropical Trip” blends quite nicely as the record’s centrepiece, its ending offering the most tranquil bit of ambience on a record full of different volumes and tones.
And there’s not much else to say that hasn’t already been said about Expo 70. If you’re an old fan, Justin Wright’s in fine form here, dusting off his b-sides as if they were special relics from a faraway ice planet. Newcomers have his whole aesthetic to reckon with for the first ever time, so the sheer scope of ‘Mother Universe’ might just blow them away. Sink deep and never come back.
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