Fedora Corpse Records
LP (Blue/Grey Haze Vinyl + Sticker)
From list No. 316
Second of two new releases from Fedora Corpse, and one of THREE new jams from Expo 70, but we're sure as shit not complaining, we can't get enough of Expo's blissed out space rock kraut drone dreaminess.
Lately, it seems like Expo 70 has been leaning toward a heavier, darker sound, dabbling in SUNN-like walls of sound, letting guitars unwind in thick churning blackened swells, but for Night Flights (can't help but think of that bad ass late night video show of the almost same name), the sound is much more blissy and drifty and ambient, at least at first. The two looooong songs that make up side one, are hushed and delicate and crystalline, definitely evoking the sound of outer space, it's not hard to imagine drifting aimlessly and weightlessly through a black expanse of starless sky, the deep black turning almost blue, suffused with the burnished and nearly buried glow of eons old starlight. Tranquil, and contemplative, hypnotic, definitely new age-y, in the best possible sense, a soundtrack for astral projection.
But then the flipside is something completely different, introducing some drum machines, and crafting a swirling chaos of high end glitch and squelch, clouds of bloops and bleeps and swoops, looped and skittery, over spidery minor key guitars and soft warm melodic swells, sounding almost like a Sunroof! jam being slowly drifting into it's constituent parts, some sort of sonic super nova in slow motion. The second track on the B side finds Expo touching once again on the dark and the heavy, the blackened buzz of distorted guitars and thick looped dronescapes, slow burning, slow building, the guitars grow in intensity, until they're locked into a woozy mesmerizing loop, over which, strange atonal guitars tangle and drift, a sort of obtuse bit of lugubrious shredding, before those strangled leads drop out leaving just the initial buzzing swells, now laced with burning hot streaks of high end distorted shimmer. Gorgeous.
LIMITED TO 300 COPIES! Pressed on thick blue/grey colored vinyl, with cool, super striking one color silk screened sleeves.
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On EXPO 70's more readily available "NIGHT FLIGHTS" LP from Fedora Corpse recordings there is a bit of synth to be found along it's luxurious grooves...Here "Transcending Energy From Light" (which was also one side of his "Sunglasses" 7 inch) is run out for a full and totally impressive eleven-ish minutes! Pure joy and amazement can be found here....again time will stand steady as you listen, I can assure you. Who knows, maybe this type of music could extend your life...? But I digress.... The track has many changes and goes from a deep space signal with ominous drone to a lighter gliss-guitar-like segment to pure poetry-in-motion echo soundworld. Can you dig that? If you can't you're reading the wrong blog, Man! Then "Alpestrine Fog" is a full-on early Tangerine Dream "out-take"-like beauty,...hell, it could slot right onto the end of Stratosfear. Wow!
Side "B" of this album starts with "Cognac Smoke", which hits a sort of Hawkwind-like resonance with definite throbbing tones and space twitter in full flying regalia. This could even start to sound like an early Pink Floyd song as heard from inside your mother's womb, ...heck maybe some of you have been there? Ha! Finally, "Seismic Nuances" comes slowly building in from the distance......like a warning tone from a submarine... building in intensity (with a sound like distant helicopters in the mix) as we are treated to another Edgar Froese-like guitar solo gracing the surface of it all! This is another of my absolute favorites here. Icing on top of an already impressive "cake" of an album,....which, by the way ,is on the most beautiful blue vinyl (mine having some sort of insane "halo" of gold sprinkles around it's label!!). All killer here, really!.
Posted in Experimental Records on March 23rd, 2009
Drone-heads take heed, Justin Wright has been quietly and steadily pushing his psychedelic noise gospel straight out of Kansas City and into your useless skull cavities for quite some time now. Either you love this stuff or you don’t, but if you do, you owe it to yourself to check out his Expo ‘70 project as soon as possible. Right now he has two releases coming out on the vinyl format. First up is a preorder from Peasant Magik called Psychosis pressed on 180-gram black vinyl with a silk screened 12? x 24? insert and OBI strip. As a bonus, all pre-orders will receive a free CD-r featuring a live performance. If you simply must blow your speakers out as soon as possible, then Fedora Corpse has another 12? available right now– Night Flights is pressed on heavy colored vinyl and housed in a silk-screened raw kraft jacket. Both of these releases are extremely limited, act soon if not now. Psychosis at peasantmagik.com, Night Flights at fedoracorpse.com.
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Night Flights sounds exactly like what the title implies and works perfectly as an atmospheric soundtrack for those long flights through a pitch black sky, high above immense grids and patterns of light. Captain Wright is our pilot as we float through limbo at speeds so unfathomable it'll slow down time itself. Make sure to keep your seatbelt fastened throughout the entire trip as there is just no telling if we will ever land. Transcending Energy From Light is an extended version of the same track found on the Sunglasses 7" and twice the length equals twice the potency turning this into one of the most mind-numbing experiences in the Expo '70 catalog. There are a few turbulent passages on the following two songs, the first of which has this amazing Dawn Of The Dead, Goblin-esque vibe going for it while the second has motorik written all over it. Seismic Nuances finds us soaring through the exosphere and further out into the galaxy, never to return.
Expo ‘70 - Night Flights - Somehow I went over a year without listening to a new release by Justin Wright, aka Expo ‘70. The last one I heard was either Animism or Mystical Amplification. So when I saw this one, limited to 300 vinyl-only copies, I had to pick it up. Side A is very stark, as in it would sound great juxtapose to Keir Dullea floating in outer space. Side B is a different story: drum machines, glitches and other electronic elements set against Wright’s sad guitar parts, and then more black mantric swaths of noise. I’m back on the Expo ‘70 bandwagon. (Fedora Corpse)
RAVEN SINGS THE BLUES
Some musicians tap into the violence and turbulence of the world perfectly; Wooden Shjips first couple of EPs for example feel like the earth beneath your feet might crumble away before the needle hits the runout. Justin Wright however, has a knack for perfectly expressing the eerie calm just after destruction. His ambience hangs in the air like the crushing weight of extinguished souls, and when the guitars do come in they hang on the air with just the right amount of detached iciness. These are the tones that soundtrack the desperate calm and infinite endlessness of space and Justin has just laid four more of said meditations on us in the form of Night Flights, his first LP release. We’ve been a huge fan of Wright’s output around here as he releases track after track to CD-r and adds production to RSTB faves like Mythical Beast but now his work is finally given the (blue marbled) vinyl treatment it deserves. As of this post he’s already got another LP coming out on Peasant Magik plus last year’s excellent Black Ohms is scheduled for a 2xLP release this summer. Yeah Justin’s a pretty busy guy. Grab some of these before they’re gone.
Eccolo di nuovo Justin Wright aka Expo 70 pronto a rientrare nel cervello dei suoi ascoltatori col suo flusso di droning spaziale nero pece. Non pago di aver lasciato alla cassetta White Ohms il suo personalissimo light side del magnificato album dello scorso anno, Expo 70 torna sul luogo del delitto con questo vinile colorato per Fedora.
Come al solito Wright, in perfetta solitudine e armato solo di pochi strumenti, disegna paesaggi sonori atavici, sculture di suono che rievocano il primo ohm dell’universo sin dall’iniziale Trascending Energy From Light: versione espansa di un 7” uscito tempo addietro per Trensmat, il pezzo gioca di sottili equilibri tra arpeggi di chitarra in modalità hypnotic e struggente droning da deep space, complice anche il rumorio di sottofondo. Una strada, questa dell’interferenza da spazio profondo che prosegue anche nelle altre tracce e caratterizza il suono di Night Flights. Cognac Smoke, ad esempio, è il suono di un buco nero e degli ultimi annaspanti s.o.s. lanciati da chi vi sta precipitando, mentre Seismic Nuances si inerpica da distanze siderali in un crescendo rotto dal solo della chitarra. Vero e proprio suono di uno spazio senza stelle che, nonostante l'apparente staticità, riserva sempre sorprese all'ascolto.
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Always thought this was both a ballsy band name and one so on the nose as to point a little too directly at the sounds being made (or is it that the music drifts towards the name like iron filings to a magnet?). Expo ‘70 was the first world’s fair held in Japan and to cop the title for your own is to evoke the decade of Krautrock, Japan, the intersection of both, Fela’s revolutionary steez, the silver age of the space program and a whole lot of baggage from the 20th century’s bonghit decade. Bold, kinda. Indeed, Expo 70s produce spacey drift of a very rayon vintage. Four tracks in all, with an A-side of cloud sounds, large and warm and ambient. Concentrating on it too hard is like biting with purpose into cotton candy – you just end up hurting your teeth and, besides, you’re consuming it wrong. “Cognac Smoke,” first track on the flip - with pulsing syths and a distant drum machine shuffle cut with high frequency beeps and guitar chordings hinting at a melodic theme – is some of the best fake “In Search Of” music you’re likely to hear this year. Somewhere, a film student is making a murder mystery set in a planetarium and this is gonna show up on the soundtrack and (s)he will get a B+. “Seismic Nuances” is also pretty much correct: wide loops of ovoid guitar hum lock and load cross-cut with blue-cloud solos that sort of stagger around a bit. On blue, grey flecked vinyl, nice black on cardboard sleeves, limited to 300, very possibly because they forgot to print more. (http://fedoracorpse.com)
Written by Creaig Dunton
Sunday, 13 September 2009
With these two being recorded in 2008, it is not surprising that these two LPs from this solo project have a similar sound and vibe to them, though both do go in somewhat different directions, with Psychosis focusing on the droning slow space rock material, while Night Flights opens the sonic pallet up to include more than just guitar and bass, but primitive analog electronics as well. They both definitely take minimalist droning guitar into a more astral plane than usual, however.
Psychosis is actually two side-long tracks, "Sleeping Corpse" and "Widow Planet," that are each broken into three shorter pieces. The former suite is somewhat lighter and ambient while the latter crosses the line into darker drone territory. "Into Body," the first part of "Sleeping Corpse," begins with deep undulating bass drones and echo chamber guitar scrapes. The low end gets pushed into noise territory while the guitar scrapes eventually morph into more prog-rock like soloing. The overt guitar playing reappears in "Cold Forecasting," where it begins as simple two chord rhythms but shifts into pure soloing that is a bit reminiscent of Earth’s recent blues/country infused sound, though here it is in addition to a noise driven backing.
"Left to Die," the opening movement of "Widow Planet," has a more traditional organic guitar ambient sound with a hint of dubby bass that puts it in league with Main circa Motion Pool: it has a looped sound that is depressive and dark. The style continues into "Stark Bleakness Rising," which pulls away the bass and instead showcases slow, repeated guitar riffs with some more guitar soloing on top. The closing "Haunting the Terrain" goes even farther into sonic space, having a more traditional dark ambient/industrial influenced sound that still shows exceptional analog warmth while keeping the conventional guitar sound at bay.
Night Flights, on the other hand, is four distinct tracks that expand the instrumental repertoire. "Transcending Energy from Light" has a distinct Moog pulse with the occasional perceptible guitar note and high frequency vacuum cleaner shriek. The sound ends up in a swirly psychedelic vortex with only the occasional noisy synth stab or clear guitar note escaping. "Alpestrine Fog" keeps the low end synth pulse but with warmer guitar tones that are a bit more inviting and less space-y than the previous one.
"Cognac Smoke" is probably the most dynamic track of both LPs, which actually has some rhythmic movement due to the old school Suicide-esque analog drum machine that propels the pitch bent guitar noises and bird-call like shrieks along. The closing “Seismic Nuances” recalls the looped guitar chaos, with proggy guitar solos to distinguish it.
With the guitar based drone sound staying popular, more and more artists need to carve out their own niche to simply not get lost among the detuned chords and sustain pedals. Expo ’70 does so by adding that liberal dash of '60s psych and '90s dark ambience to the fray. While there are the occasional bits of sameness within each album, as a whole they are a good mix of the familiar and new.