From List No. 250
EXPO '70 Surfaces (Kill Shaman) cd-r
We were sent a whole bunch of cd-r's by the mysterious Expo '70 a few months back, each one with a strange cool cover, one was some seventies styled naked females making out, another (this one in fact) was an homage to one of those seventies Actuel jazz record label album sleeves. We were already kind of sold, but then we threw them on, and WOAH!! Not at all what we expected. We were imagining some sort of droney free noise whatever, but instead, we got an earful of some timeless cosmic space music, some lost ambient krautrock. So spaced out and lovely. We listed Exquisite Lust on the last list and everyone went nuts for it, so we decided to list another one, and it's just as good. A bit heavier on the guitar, but still completely and utterly droney and dreamlike.
Surfaces is a non-stop journey through inner space, an abstract world of drifting guitars, stretched out into whispy drifts of shimmery ambience, strummed steel strings reverberate over muted propulsive thrum, huge glistening expanses of thick flowing whir oozes from rumbling amplifiers, grinding low end fuzz slithers in and around wandering bass burble, bits of guitar melody break into fragments and float downstream, over a rippling undercurrent of spaced out FX. Totally mesmerizing and ethereal, but strangely rhythmic. Channeling the sprit of Eno, Popol Vuh, Ash Ra Tempel, Tangerine Dream, A.R. And The Machines and other kosmik travellers, Expo '70 weave guitars, Moogs, sitars, and loads of effects into an expansive ambient shimmer, allowing sonic ripples to slowly spread out into the ether. So good. Anyone who bought the first one will probably need this one too. And all you spaced out interdimensional Kosmiche drone explorers could hardly do better than Expo '70 as the soundtrack to your late night, outer space, journeys into the unknown...
MY RECORD COLLECTION
Easily one of the trippiest albums in Expo '70's discography, Surfaces comes at you slithering an dreamy. The fake BYG/Actuel artwork might have you believe this is one will explore wild free-jazz territory, but Wright is quite true to his krautrock influences and Surfaces comes off sounding like the festering mutant bastard son of a Harmonium/Cluster union. Practically every song is drone based, but there are a few exceptions like the spastic acoustic vs. fuzzed-out-of-your-brains electric guitar solo of Prelude To Electric Wilder Beasts (unfortunately, I find this song a bit too sloppy to be enjoyed to it's fullest). It's the "shorter" tracks that stand out on this album; like the early Klaus Schulze vibe of Who Left The Door [...]? or the dark mood of Taikong. Fans of early/experimental Moog compositions will absolutely love this one, as will fans of Boards Of Canada (Matroshka Experiment is quite similar to some of their "filler" tracks).