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Dead Sea Apes / Black Tempest – Sun Behind The Sun (2013) review

July 17, 2013

Dead Sea Apes / Black Tempest – Sun Behind The Sun (2013) review

Dead Sea Apes / Black Tempest “Sun Behind
The Sun” (Cardinal Fuzz, 2013)
This collaboration between the Manchester
instrumental trio Dead Sea Apes and Stephen Bradbury (aka Black Tempest) plays
to both of their strengths in creating an intoxicating instrumental space drone
album consisting of three lengthy, post rock guitarscapes leaning heavily
toward synthy krautrock mindwarps. “Grey Alphabets” opens like the entrance to
the hall of the mountain grill – all clashing cymbals, swooshing synths, and
serpentining guitar lines. Its design and arrangement is simplicity personified,
yet repeated listens reveal new and exciting notes and timbres that flesh out
the essentially four-note riff. Porcupine Tree seems a logical influence, but
they still manage a unique take on proggy space music.
               Kosmische
musik
is also at the heart of the metrnomic, motoric beat that propels “Wilder
Penfield” forward into the bright white light of oblivion.
Hawkwind-meets-Kraftwerk for a wild space voyage to the heart of the sun.
               The
centrepiece is surely side 2’s nearly half hour “Heliopause” that wraps up the
album on a fiery bolt of electronic goo. An silent universe glides into view as
your third eye imagines a million-light-year journey to the edges of infinity.
The sound of nothingness has never been more ominous. Lovers of the psychedelic
musical explorations of Terence McKenna collaborator Jonah Sharp (aka Spacetime
Continuum) will feel right at home. Others may find a 21st century “Dark Star”
lying within. In either case, it’s one of my favourite kraut-influenced post
rock synth/guitar albums of the year.
Review made by Jeff Penczak/2013
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