A split album featuring a side-long composition each from Prana Crafter and Tarotplane, Symbiose is an apt title. Respectively crafting ‘Jagged Mountain Melts At Dawn’ on side A and ‘We Move Slowly Through The Past’ on the flip, the two pieces connect American underground electronica with old-fashioned European independent music.
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Calling all cosmos-dwellers - 'Symbiose' is the new project by Prana Carter and Tarotplane and it's a longform journey though spacerock, ambient, and beyond.
Comprising of two tracks, the album is everything you'd expect from songs called 'Jagged Mountain Melts At Dawn' and 'We Move Slowly Through The Past'. 'Symbiose' reminds me of Tangerine Dream at their washiest, all sweeping soundscapes and song structures that take their sweet time. There's more than a hint of cod-Eastern psychedelic music here with the descending guitar lines and hissy background textures. The best moments come when an element of rhythm is included such as the propulsive, syncopated guitar chords in 'Jagged Mountain Melts At Dawn'.
Next time you want to get some mates round to light incense and journey through imagined landscapes you can't go far wrong with 'Symbiose'; it's a fair old slog though...
9/10 Space Queen '78 11th September 2019
I hadn't heard of either of these bands before but am blown away by quality of this album, both visually as well as the music. The exploratory guitar work goes REALLY deep while never becoming indulgent or too abstract.
The A-side, from Prana Crafter, develops slowly but sustains interest by giving just enough at each moment to keep you engaged, rewarding the patient listener with blazing guitar riffs at one moment, and hypnotic drones in the next. It truly takes you on a journey.
The B side, by Tarotplane, sounds like a lost album from AR & Machines, the echo guitar work is almost addictive. I can't say which side is better because both do their own thing so well and fit together in a beautifully strange way. I can imagine this album will be too subtle and nuanced for many listeners, but I highly recommend it to anyone who loves Popol Vuh, Agitation Free, AR & Machines, early 70s Pink Floyd, or simply appreciates creative guitar explorations.
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