Thursday, April 12, 2018

Trip Lava- Ounds (Self Released)

Trip Lava is the project of Joel Lee. He likes to experiment with sound. He records all the instruments himself and is a big fan of strange sound manipulations. I reviewed his quite strange and intriguing album, Oddball in the Corner Pocket way back in 2007.  Well, Joel is back with a new CD release called Ounds and it features 10 tracks. This is an advance rough mix CD so I do not have the final artwork or instrument information. Ounds Pt 1starts things off with some drum samples, strange sampled and manipulated keyboards that drone, twist and mutate until a sort of drum groove and more melodic synth takes over and some bass guitar slides into the mix. Some very nice bass playing underneath the sort of Casio keyboard sound. The track fades out and Oblivision begins with some really spacey keyboards and the track really drifts but ends quite suddenly.  Ouseh of Orsmirr has some strange sound effect samples mixed with some cool bass playing, frantic drumming (at times) and then the cheasy keyboard. It is a weird combination but it works to create an interesting track, not too dissimilar to the opening number except the freaked out ending samples. Orf Ontrastic Pt 1 starts with some looped and distorted sounds but evolved into a sort of drum and bass drivin’ track that slowly dies out at 4mins. Ongadays starts with a fender Rhodes like keyboard with some long delays. Is that bass or guitar that compliments? Bass, I think. I really liked this track. Osmicc Oldeng Ordsw of Onmeldag is another bass drum and keyboard track with the focus on the lead synthesizer. It features a very cool solo but later some strange vocal manipulations and other bizzare sounds are filtered into kick it out of normality. Oopl de Oopl starts with a arpeggiated synth that he manipulates the speed back and forth before some variation occurs. Strange ending. Orf Ontrastc pt 2 continues where the first part left off but ends with some looped guitar.  Oomsmushr starts with a guitar strum and then off into the wilds of nature we float for 1 min and then things head off to the carnival funhouse and later the insane asylum. The CD ends with Ounds pt2, which is broken into 4 parts.  What a trip!!  Enjoy as you enter into Joel’s world of sound..

Sons of a new Soma- Live at the Green Mushroom Festival (Tonzonen Records TONCD038)

I am a big fan of this duo and I had no idea they even played live but they do.  At this festival they were joined by a drummer (Armin) and this allowed the band to explore a more space rock type trip. The CD is about 40mins long and 5 tracks, all of new material, starting off with Schein (14mins).  This is a very spacey slow growing track with some words spoken to the audience but drifting synths and some simple spacey guitar before the synths become more complex and layered and then the drums kick in about five minutes and quite dominates the sound mix. Very dreamy guitar and around 10mins a Theremin like sound comes in nd out for a while as thy search for it to all come together. They appear to almost stop the track and the drums stop and then start again for a few mins. Om Namah, has a more ominous feeling to it to start but at 4 ½ mins a heavy guitar kicks in and this briefly changes the vide and dynamic a lot. Towards the end there is a spoken word sample and then the guitar and synths get quite intense. Weinende Eidechjen starts slowly with some layers of synths and drums and a quite simple guitar line.  At about 6 mins the track picks up but drops off again after only 1 mins and the main guitar line continues. Projectionen is a quite short track unde 5mins and very synth driven with no drums. Henriette Mutterkorn is the last track. This one has a groovy bass line and more driving drums. The synths are still quite floating and drifting. The guitar reminds me a bit of Pink Floyd at times. Great way to end the show.  I really wish there was a cool movie or visuals to accompany this release. Was it filmed???  Nice release. I might have to try to get the vinyl!

Goldfish- 10 years of Fruits de Mer (Crustacean 84/85)

To celebrate their 10 year anniversary the label has created this 3LP + 7" set, in a triple gatefold sleeve, on colour vinyl with a huge selection of tracks from the first 10 years of FdM. It features many of the labels most popular bands like Vibravoid, The Pretty Things, Cranium Pie, Sendelica, Nick Nicely , The Chemistry Set, Stay , the Soft Hearted Scientists, Tir na nOg, Jack Elliste. It is a mix of original songs and covers of songs.  All tracks are taken from their back-catalogue. Apparently, there are a couple of new/extended mixes in there as well but they are not denoted on the promo information. It is a great collection of classic and willfully-obscure songs taken from, or heavily influenced by, the 60s and early 70s, as is most of the stuff on the label. My fave tracks were Stay, Vibravoid, The Pretty Things, Astralasia, Superfjord and Tor Peders. A great collection.  You can see the full list of tracks at this link:

Snowchild- Age of Change (Bilocation Records ARTIFACT39)

Snowchild is a new trio from Witchta, Kansas (home of Manilla Road!). The liner notes tell an interesting story about the 2 year journey they took to create these 4 long tracks heavily inspired by Black Sabbath with Ozzy like vocals (sHeavy, Count Raven). The CD starts off with the title track, Age of Change. This is a long track and reminds me a lot of a more jammed out Count Raven. I like the guitar section that starts around 6mins with some cool double tracked guitar. Very Sabbath like but they do it in their own way. Sounds like a space ship is starting to land around 7mins as the track build up again. Born in Flames is a much more uptempo nearly 10min rocker. Kings of Koch slows things down and starts off with a bass solo (remember NIB ) before the slow heavy riff and intense vocal kicks in. Boudica really reminds me of Pink Floyd, to start with some spacey sounds and the heavy riff. Some nice synths and organ to change things up a bit. What a great slow build on this one. It really kicks in about 3mins with the vocal and doom. This has a great evolution and I love the heavy wah stuff at the end as this track is nearly 15mins long. What a great record.. This is a record for really cranking up LOUD.

Permanent Clear Light - Maurice N'Est Pas La 7” (Regal Crabomophone winkle 31)

The Finnish group, Permanent Clear Light are back with a new 7" EP featuring three new songs all taken from their recording sessions for their next LP. It features 15 minutes of new music, crammed onto a 33rpm 7" and starts off with the happy song, Maurice, which reminds me a bit of very early Porcupine Tree. It has a long spacey intro before the highly effected spken word like vocals. It is also a bit funky in a weird way with the musical focus on the bass drums and synths with quite little guitar.  One in Five is highly inspired by the MOVE and a shorter pop song. This Quiet Smiling Man closes the EP with a slower track with some mellotron and a quite dark lyric about Robert Oppenheimer. Beautiful Doors inspired organ towards the end of the track. Not as rocking as usual but some great songs. You can read more about this release here: