12" £13.99 5GT4SAGA
12" EP on 5 Gate Temple. Comes in a die-cut printed sleeve.
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Purely speculation but I suspect John T. Gast is behind the 5 Gate Temple label. He’s certainly largely involved in the label's roster. In 2018 the imprint released a USB stick by Gossiwor and has now lifted three choice tracks and cut them to vinyl for this very EP. These tunes have been produced by John T. Gast and MC Boli AKA Asger Hartvig of Boli Group (released that fine N.P.D.S. LP on Posh Isolation). Simply put, ‘Domestic Saga #2’ is exceptionally beautiful music with almost medieval folky vibes coming from wind instruments that evoke widescreen pastoral vistas. There are very subtle smatterings of electronics augmenting and adding additional brush strokes but don’t even for a second consider this to be anything like hurl inducing “folktronica”. It’s a deeply cinematic, gorgeous piece of music.
‘Ava Maria’ has something of an underwater vibe to it with it’s bubbling bass. I can see the connection with the crowned mermaid holding a ring printed on the sleeve which also adorns the aforementioned USB stick. Kinda feels like I’m scuba diving around the lost city of Atlantis, guided by mermaids that hopefully aren’t gonna turn evil and devour me like that scene from one of the Pirates of the Caribbean films that freaked two of my young children out and left them permanently scarred for life - afraid to even walk near the stinky fish counter in Morrisons.
‘Thank You Lord’ takes gorgeous wind and or string loops alongside a vocal loop and answer machine recordings creating a vibe that paradoxically uplifting yet somehow unnerving. This really mystical, ancient alien sounding flute type instrument comes in that sounds like it’s being played by a particularly stoned member of the in-house freakshow space jazz band from the bar scene on Tatooine from Star Wars.
Pure class this record, all three tunes have an original quality so rare these days. Must hunt down that USB stick and hear the rest.
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