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"The Vanishing World Within"

Solid Melts



First run limited to 150 orange cassettes

Second run limited to 100 black cassettes


Immune Recordings


Re-release TBA








Comprised of skeletal recordings started over a year ago, finally finished. "The Vanishing World Within" presented in five phases, cultivates a body of sounds new and familiar for Expo '70. "Phase I" is a lesson in meditation with reverberating organ drones cascades into "Phase II" where things get weird with pulsating synths and textured tonal waves of electronics, the Goblin vibe is heavy on this. "Phase III" closes side A with a heavy locked guitar riff summoning Hawkwind backed by Neu! syncopated drumming by David Williams (Sounding the Deep), looped guitar echoes intertwine layered guitar lines alongside a thick doomed-out guitar riff.


Side B opens to "Phase IV", bringing us back to to pulsing electronics with soft haunting melodic synth parts causing cosmic reverberations that are accompanied by analog drum machine leads to "Phase V", full of sine waves, leading into serine delicate guitar work.


Limited to 150 copies in solid orange cassette shells with artwork by Justin Wright.




Few things get us more excited than new releases from Kansas City’s Sonic Meditations label, or really anything to do with the Kansas City experimental/drone scene (trust us, it’s surprisingly great). These two new tape releases are wonderful examples of what makes the region great. Expo 70’s new tape on Solid Melt, titled “The Vanishing World Within”, expands on his usual sound, offering up a 40 minute prog opus. You can hear the influences clearly here (the site description even name-drops Goblin, Neu!, and Hawkwind), but the modern interpretation gives it a sound all it’s own. Starting somewhere in drone, ending in a full-on explosion (complete with a drum kit, something atypical for his stuff), this one is a winner. Limited to 150 copies.




Here is a cassette only release called THE VANISHING WORLD WITHIN. This time a very warm sound pervades through-out the tape(is it just because of the format??). Phase I is a single-note organ drone that is followed by a building throbbing synth section with drone-tones flowing over it,....ghostly whistling sounds whoosh around reminding me of Dr. Who in a way....that is until the Good Doctor stumbles upon the 1972 switch in the Tardis and all of a sudden we are standing in the midst of an unreleased Ash Ra Temple jam!!!! Really fab stuff here that really is rhythmic and flowing like the best of Motorik sounds!


Side "B" of this cassette is a return to the inner workings of our time machine all drones and bleeps descending, until a "Welcome to The Machine"- like tune makes it's appearance over a new drone-tone for all you Floydian space fans, soon it seems we are into "Phase V" of this beauty with drum machine pulses and flowing throbs and drones passing like the sands of time thru your sweaty little minds. But it's all a balm, for the passing of the 40 minutes you give to this set will surely set your mellow mood for a day, with the right "set and setting".


There you go,....the dark CD ("Death Voyage") with it's ancient journey,...and the cassette with it's lose yourself in space mind-balm. Which would you choose? I went for both,...and hell I'm happy I did. But the cassette, in my realm, cuts the CD in that it's such a pleasant flowing thing......ahhhhh




Some really killer synthesizing on this one, divided into phases, the first side almost scary in it’s 80s horror/sci-fi environments, starting with a nice drone and fading into a more complex structure with deep, pulsing bass that reminds me of the soundtrack from “the Thing”. This eventually moves into “Phase III”, a prog-jammer with drums and guitar, real groovy space boogie. Side two is a little more universally similar, the phases harder to pick apart as they drift in and out of one another, carried for a long time in the middle by a classic drum machine egg-shaker sound. Real calming, enjoyable textures, excellent artwork by Mr. Expo himself, Justin Wright, who keeps a great ongoing theme of reflecting images of instruments and space shapes on all his covers. At a time when bands like Emeralds and Oneohtrix Point Never are so popular, I’m surprised that this is a name that doesn’t come up more often. First edition of 150 is sold out, second edition of 100 probably won’t be around too much longer either, but the dude has a massive discography, lots of places to hear his righteous psychediddlea.




The Vanishing World Within was made incrementally over the course of a year in Wright’s home studio. While he lays down all of the guitars and organs and most of the synths, it features contributions from a couple other musicians. McKinley Jones’s Moog synthesizer melts into the layered electronics on “Phase II;” coupled with the squashing effect of the cassette medium, it’s hard to tell who’s doing what. But when David Williams’ drum kit   kicks in on the following track, the music lurches into unstoppable forward motion, surging like Hawkwind in a hurry to pay some bills.  When he’s on board, this feels like a band, and a satisfyingly rocking one at that.