A double 7" EP of covers of krautrock classics
on the Fruits de Mer Label, featuring Black Tempest covering Rubycon Part 1 by Tangerine Dream. A limited edition, initial quantities on white vinyl in a gatefold sleeve.
"One of the cornerstones in the ever expanding Tangerine Dream sound world is without doubt 'Rubycon part 1' here re-trimmed by Black Tempest in whose trusted hands he sets about deconstructing the original template rewiring and recalibrating it in readiness to be re-housed it in what might be best described as the core engineering unit of a super hyper galactic space cruiser."
The Sunday Experience
"Much more than a postscript or footnote to Head Music, it comes across as a timely reminder of just how good the Mothership is, and just how much deeper the well goes. Keith at FdM has said that Head Music was originally planned as a 7" single, but grew into the opus it became … is. He admittedly couldn't restrain himself again, and surrendered to the well and lo, Shrunken Head Music found itself a double 7" housed in a gatefold. Obviously far more Krautrock laden than Vespero's twin engines, they both share an appreciation of borderless and profound space. It's a distinctly different vibe, but the edges are so blurred and overlapped it doesn't matter. Frobisher Neck (Tony Swettenham) takes us To Another Universe courtesy of a Mellotron-centric reworking of Brainticket. Frobisher Neck reflects as much light and sound as is generated. It's a lush and slightly disorienting trek that erases any need for destination. Black Tempest rolls out his rubbery black mat of stars and gas next for maximum comfort to enjoy the ebb and flow of Tangerine Dream's Rubycon Part 1. Though a condensed version, it's still a full serving of Black Tempest as well as Tangerine Dream. Vespero's usual quietness falls away as they percolate through Faust's J'ai mai aux Dents with an infectious chug and surge. As above with Floyd, so below with Faust. Vespero restructure Faust into a whole new shape as they do Floyd, with full respect to the blueprints. The inherent push of J'ai mai aux Dents eventually has Vespero brewing over free into a spiral.
Which is a perfect place for Jay Tausig to pick up the gauntlet and put his weight behind Shrunken Head Music. And as Keith has said, essentially bear the responsibility of pushing it a next size up. Tausig reorients Gong's The Glorious Om Riff part way through an oscillating intro when his guitar work fully stabilizes the flight plan. It may be a bit easier to hold on, but Tausig screws the whole flight plan into a relentlessly escalating shower of arcs. Far more driven than the others, it shows just who much more you can twist that shrunken head down for even more space and even enough drive to get you eventually back over to that Technicolor launchpad.
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