Annexus Quam’s first record, originally released in 1970, is a peculiar mix of psychedelic rock and jazz, one of those distinctly Krautrock records from that era. There are plenty of spacy sound effects as well as drugged-out vocal moaning, while primitive rhythms pound away with savage ferocity, especially on the second track. The longer third cut slows things down slightly, with plenty of soloing of guitar, keyboard, and more vocal moaning over the rhythmic washes of sound and ragged percussion, and then adds in some cosmic electric guitar riffing toward the end. The side-long fourth track is far mellower, as a piano leads into a relaxed but swinging number that is far jazzier than the rest of the disc, though still based more in underground rock than jazz. The piece soon takes on the psychedelic weirdness of the earlier tracks as it starts to sway off kilter with more wordless vocals and studio effects and many transitions of sound. Annexus Quam (Osmose) is not quite rock and not quite jazz, but is a very nice listen for more adventurous listeners from either school, especially in the light of more recent post-rock developments.
1. Can – Animal Waves // 00:00
2. Tuxedomoon – In the Name of Talent // 15:25
3. Lumerians – Black Tusk // 21:27
4. SQURL – Please Feel Free to Piss in the Garden // 25:34
5. Moon Duo – Sleepwalker // 29:54
6. Tortoise – Gigantes // 34:47
7. Talking Heads – The Great Curve // 41:09
8. Iggy Pop – Gardenia // 47:36
9. David Bowie – Thru’ These Architects Eyes // 51:51
10. Brian Eno & David Byrne – Regiment // 56:13
Distorted clouds of organ, synth, and vibraphone churn above hypnagogic waves of percussion and bass. Referencing psych and prog without the use of guitars, Lumerians create cinematic rock music that is warm, dark, organic and non-retro. Male and female vocals propel songs forward without eclipsing the chimeric ambience of the music.
Parallels could be made to the ominous soundscapes of Ennio Morricone, the propulsive rhythms of Can, and the hypnotic oscillations of Silver Apples.
Recorded in their self-built studio, the titular debut offering from this San Francisco outfit is limited to 500 hand numbered copies on clear vinyl with beautifully printed covers in picture disk sleeves, available from Subterranean Elephants.
Lumerians is a San Francisco Bay Area based five-member band which has a psychedelic “mindbender” space rock sound. The group is notable for performances characterized by “transcendent live video projections” and having “incredible visuals,” according to one music critic. One critic described the band as “Oakland’s prize pony in the Bay Area gloom-folk horse race”. The sound has been compared to Krautrock with overtones of 1960s music.
Ozric Tentacles is an instrumental band from Somerset, England, whose music can loosely be described as psychedelic rock. Formed in 1984, the band has released well over twenty albums as of 2005, and has become a cottage industry selling around a million albums worldwide despite never having major label backing.
The original line up met on the 21st June 1984 at the Stonehenge Free Festival; their name came from discussions of hypothetical cereal brands (Malcolm Segments, Desmond Whisps, and Gordon Lumps are among the names that were considered). In the 1980s the band built a fan base on the festival circuit, becoming particularly associated with the Glastonbury Festival, and made a series of cassette releases, sold at gigs and via a fan club.
Their first label release was Pungent Effulgent in 1989, which was also re-released in the early 2000s, packaged with Strangeitude. This was followed by Erpland (1990), an album dedicated to Erp, a character who appears on many of the band’s album artworks. 1991 saw the Strangeitude LP. The track “Sploosh!” was used by BMW in an advertising campaign, and became the band’s only single. By 1993 the band had grossed over three million dollars, and their Jurassic Shift album reached the top ten of the U.K. album charts.
The band has gone through many line-up changes, with only Ed Wynne (guitar and keyboards) and Champignon (flute) maintaining a constant presence since the early 1990s.
This is taken from new album Shadow of the Sun, which will be arriving 2nd March.
Frankensteins Ballet is a contemporary German avant garde kraut rock band with Mik Quantius on vocals and Thomas Hopf on the drums. As well as a list of talented musicians all deeply rooted in the west German music scene playing with groups like Embryo, Mikrokosmos and Jelly Planet and jamming alongside iconic musicians such as Damo Suzuki and Michael Karoli. Frankensteins Ballet takes the best parts of ethnic music, Psychedelic and experimental rock to create a unique world that kind of makes you want to get up and dance.
Bobby Conn is Love. Bobby Conn is all. Bobby Conn is peace, prosperity and a chicken in every pot. Bobby Conn will sing his way into your heart with his catchy songs about cocaine, the supremacy of the Jewish people and the upcoming apocalypse. ALL PRAISE BOBBY CONN!!!