Monday, November 07, 2005

Longplay love 8.0

Fields Of The Nephilim, one of the most important and most influential GothicRock bands throughout the last 22 years since their first release "Burning The Fields" back in 1983, are coming up with their new album "Mourning Sun" on Oblivion on november 18th. Once again the bands mastermind Carl McCoy teamed up with a bunch of unnamed so-called "ghost musicians" @ The Ice Cage - which is his mobile recording studio - to serve another dark masterpiece, epic & scenic at the several points and, most important, the first official Fields Of The Nephilim-album featuring completely new material since 1996. An average tracklength of 7+ minutes states clearly that "Mourning Sun" is not made for easy consumption not only due to their duration but also to their complex structures. An album that needs to pass through your home stereo more than once to reveal every hidden secret and a recommended one for stormy winter days in front of an open fireplace, accompanied by an excellent bottle of red whine.

Well, this is weird. And it's released on Mike Patton's infamous Ipecac-imprint on which (un)controlled weirdness is the new normal. Whatever, Messer Chups are a band/project part russian, part german and maybe partly extraterrestrian which deals with a big melting pot of Easy Listening, film music, 60's soundtracks and Lo-Fi Weirdo Analogue Surf Experimentalism not only on their recent album "Crazy Price". Sounds funny, eh? And it is as well. Other people will call it art and some will just say it's drug influenced trash. Maybe all of them are right and if this once is used as a soundtrack the film has to be recorded in hyperreal tripped out ultracolor technology. Check out!

Longtime Neurosis-associated artist Steve Von Till releases his first in a series of more to come albums under his Harvestman-moniker on Neurot Recordings named "Lashing The Rye" on the 21st of november - an approx. 65 minutes journey through 12 dark, abundant tracks of psychedelic guitar workout: 7 of them inspired by traditional folk or bagpipe songs, some of those even might be of medieval origin as one can guess from parts of their sound aesthethics. The whole album is driven by a kind of solemn melancholia, similar to the one felt at religious processions or funeral corteges - a fact that can also be proved by Von Till's chosen moniker Harvestman itself as the post-harvest period is, at least in christian parts of the world, a period of time in which several processions take place. But whether his work has been influenced by this kind of thoughts or not, "Lashing The Rye" is an album worth to be checked out not only by Psychedelia lovers but also by those which are not used to the spheres of multi-filtered, echoed, delayed, reverbed and sometimes droney instrumental music as each song is, no matter what kind of post- and/or realtime-processing has been going on whilst the recording session, still well accessible and presents clear structures even to the ears of a non-expert.


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