By giving a big shout-out to Morton Subotnick with the title of this record, Laika set the tone for their brand of sonics, willing to experiment and move forward into new territory. Silver Apples Of The Moon must have been pretty thrilling when it landed in 1995: it remains pretty thrilling today to be frank. Back on vinyl after too long out of print, thanks to Medical Records
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Back in the early ‘90’s when the term post rock was first coined, it meant exciting forward thinking music that splintered rock into a million pieces and re-arranged it into new and innovative shapes. It did not mean drifting guitar atmospherics and pummeling crescendos. Although the genre soon came to represent something else altogether, the first wave of post rockers presided over one of the most exciting times for those with an interest in stuff that hadn’t been done before.
Disco Inferno, Bark Psychosis, Insides, Papa Sprain and Moonshake were just some of the innovators - the latter band were made up of former Wolfhounds people and soon splintered into two - David Callahan continuing under the Moonshake moniker whilst Margaret Fiedler formed Laika with bassist John Frennet and producer Guy Fixsen. The result is a mesmerising album of forward thinking dream pop which took the more krauty, Can- influenced side of Moonshake and ran with it. The album uses pulsating almost afro-beat rhythms over which sampledelica and wild psychedelic sounds are splattered - they are unafraid to use a flute - yet on the more out there tracks such as ‘Let Me Sleep’ the effect is truly mesmerising - not unlike something you could imagine Kevin Shields coming up with in his drum & bass phase. Vocals veer between dreamy and scatted, half rapped.
The bands self description of the music sounding like speeded up trip hop rings very true. It’s a wild ride - no-one makes music as thrilling as this any more - it’s a product of its time, an anything is possible attitude - yet it still sounds like the future.
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