Dead Pilot (UK)
CD (edition of 500)
Pre-orders come with limited cassette, "Paralyzed" (edition of 100)
DEAD PILOT RECORDS
"Death Voyage" was recorded prior to "Sonic Messenger", which was released late last year. These tracks were recorded months prior to that album as a trade for artwork. Two days of recording, one with Matt Hill (Umberto) and the second a solo venture from Wright. After what seemed a long hiatus from recording to mixing in late 2009, "Death Voyage" will finally see the light of day. - Justin Wright
Justin Wrights Expo 70 project has been causing a stir for some time now; and hot on the heels of releases for BLR, Reverb Worship and ESR, Dead Pilot is very excited to announce the release of "Death Voyage"; an hour long journey through doomy textures and spaced out psychedelia.
Some of Wrights finest work to date, "Death Voyage" encompasses the lost sound of krautrock and merges it with modern doom-drone soundscapes. Album opener "Building Celestial Tapestries" combines a sinister looped bass riff with sci-fi style synth and guitar swells, creating a tense atmosphere of heaviness and gloom. Wrights ability to create seemingly simplistic yet deeply immersive and exciting drone is showcased brilliantly on "Metensomatosis", reminiscent of Neu! at their best. Album closer "Summoning Recapitulation Upon the Pyramid Temple" is a sprawling wall of sonic bliss of epic proportions.
Mastered by Jannick Schou. Limited to 500 copies on replicated CD (NOT CDR!) in numbered 6 panel digipak with full colour artwork designed by Justin Wright himself. First 100 orders come with bonus cassette of outtakes in hand stamped packaging. (tape now sold out thank you!)
Bit of a steal for Dead Pilot this... A new, limited press Expo 70 CD to tide us over until 'Sonic Messenger' arrives. Expo 70 is the work of Justin Wright and Matt Hill who have steadily evolved into a perfect installer drone rock space machine. Sitting in the pleasantly mong'd out space between psych-rock, ambient drone, Krautrock and DOOM, Expo 70 certainly know how to take their time and savor a few quiet moments of rock utopia. You get five fine examples of the style on 'Death Voyage' with the emphasis being on the placid summer drone experience. I've heard them go heavier but not so much with this one. Synths and drum machines make subtle appearances and aid the voyage into the deepest regions of your mind space very effectively. Features another classy Justin Wright designed sleeve... That guy got skill yo.
...according to our Business Lady on 03 June 2010. 4 stars
PSYCHATRONE RHONEDAKK Blog
First off we have a CD release.....DEATH VOYAGE,that finds Expo 70 adding a bit of Sunn((0)) to their bag of sounds. Yeah, with a name like that it's "dark", but not depressing. Think the voyage of past Egyptian souls post-death here. Dark but cool and flowing, like the river Styx (and NOT the 1970's band, OK?).
Here on track one a stately, dirge-like bass throb repeats while guitars solo as you and Charon leave shore on your travels. With track two "Silent Watcher" things move into more "cosmic" territory, travelling into the realms of the sub-atomic sublime as synths chirp and far-eastern guitar modes pull you along. Track three is "Metensomatosis" and could have been played by Goblin for some Italian horror movies "night scene"! Fourth out here is "Travelling Circular Labyrinths", and here's that Sunn((0)) part I'd mentioned, but of course with a bit more cosmic invention than they could muster. This track buzzes along in a slow throb that builds in heaviness with an almost buried guitar solo wheeling it's way through the haze, until near the piece's ending all subsides to a quiet stately solo. Of course the last track is a stand-out, "Summoning Recapitulation Upon The Pyramid Temple", develops from a chopped guitar drone pattern,into a crazy star-gazing squal of guitars that Syd would have been proud of, then things really take off for high intensity guitar fuzz! Layers of phased and droning guitar make this sound like some giant machine flying through your mind, until the whole mix settles into a more space-travelling sound. This is where I start to feel like I've been jettisoned from the craft and I am floating in free-space. It's here where our Death Journey ends....peacfully floating in some tranquil space.
“Danger, Will Robinson! Danger!” Justin Wright blasts off into another space odyssey, but this time it’s gotten out of control. His passage is a grim one. This is like uh oh, aliens ahead, the ship’s outta fuel, our force field is down kinda drone. The background layers either feel like they’re flying by you past the port hole of your rocket at warp speed so that you can barely decipher the whir, or like you are stuck, generators down, suspended stagnantly in a dark vastness. Of course, the clear guitar lines serve two purposes; to set a spacey tone with its astral bursts and to poetically convey the tension. I love how this “Death Voyage” meditatively sucks you into its vortex. It robs you of your senses, leaving you only with a happy case of vertigo. Five tracks and about an hour later you feel like you have reached the outer limits of the universe. You are left in a Pandoric frenzy. The black. The stillness. The infinite. It all gets to you. But then, it’s all over. You open your eyes and find that you are back from your cosmic crusade. “Hhhhhhh…” you exhale. A sigh of relief.
In the scheme of music, this one really isn’t as intense as all that. However, I think out of Wright’s other efforts that this one steps it up from his pyramids-in-space brand of psych to a more dismal flavor. It might be the new utilization of a doomier groan in his soundscapes—more than I remember hearing before. Some may disagree, but that’s why you have to find out for yourself. You’re sure to agree that it’s another solid effort though. Dead Pilot did one of their best packaging jobs yet. Really great art on 6-paneled digipak. Not to mention, Expo 70 has yet to let me down on amazing visuals. And it’s limited to only 500 replicated CDs (not CDRs). The first 100 folks to get their paws on this receive a cassette that is well worth the energy it takes to get off your ass and order right away...trust me. 10/10 -- Dave Miller (30 June, 2010)
Textures decisamente più doom oriented per questo comeback targato Expo ’70. L’attacco della lunga Building Celestial Tapestries sembra quasi prendere a prestito una linea di basso circolare e ossessiva dai primi Om per calarla in un abisso di paranoia che più oscura non si può. A venir tratteggiate sono da subito ambientazioni più dark che si segnalano come la cifra stilistica più evidente di questo Death Voyage, vera e propria colonna sonora da immaginarie discese acherontee.
Una scelta, quella di Justin Wright, non di poco conto, in grado cioè di spostare l’asse o per lo meno innervare di dimensioni “altre” una musica che è per sua natura “apparentemente” sempre uguale. Prendete le pulsioni notturne di Metensomatosis e ditemi se non sentite influenze horrorifiche alla Goblin o Umberto (il progetto del qui presente sodale Matt Hill) seppur sempre dilatate e spacey alla maniera della kosmische più liquida e visionaria. La sensazione generale è dunque che Expo ’70 sia in una fase di mutazione, seppur lieve. Il suono nei 60 minuti di Death Voyage risulta più pieno, carico e corposo, irrobustito dal contributo al basso di Hill, tanto da trascinare l’ascoltatore in un vortice che, complice pure l’artwork da film horror di serie z opera proprio di Wright, è per forza di cose discendente verso gli inferi. Ennesima bella prova per uno dei progetti più quotati della nuova kosmische.
7/10 - Stefano Piffer