||Corridors to Infinity CS60 (2009)
"Meetings of the Lunar Eclipse"
"Black Pyramids Under the Martian Sun
100 Standard Cassettes
40 Red hub Reel-to-Reel Cassettes
10 Vintage Reel Cleer Reel-to-Reel Cassettes
100 CDr's hand numbered
AQUARIUS RECORDS LIST No.328
More druggy space-y kraut drone bliss from Justin Wright and his Expo 70, here expanded to a duo for one track, and a trio for the other, a dizzying drifty blend of minimal guitar rumble and Moog and organ whir, peppered with glistening shards of sonic starlight, buried melodies, blurred into a gorgeous ever expanding expanse of hushed new age drift, not nearly as heavy as some past outings, although the first track, a whopping 30 minute epic, does build to a soft blackened roar, although that roar is muted and dulled into something closer to rib cage rattling thrum. Regardless, it's transcendent and sublime, subtly heavy, and utterly cosmic.
The second track is another nearly half hour exploration of inner sonic space, heavy on the organs this time, thick layered buzz and rumble and whir, flecked with strange little stuttery melodies, a sheet of softly swirling effects draped over slow motion organ melodies, slowly shimmering textures, before the track begins to grow ominous, the sound of a darkening sun, bits of high end glimmer throughout, while the core blackens and expands, the sound shifting into pulses, a strangely surreal sci-fi throb, haunting and harrowing, a caustic cloud that slowly dissipates, leaving vapor trails of soft streaked FX flecked buzz and a stretch of skeletal rhythm, slowly fading out into a horzion of minimal muted high end shimmer.
THE CD-R IS LIMITED TO 100 COPIES! THE TAPE IS PROBABLY MORE LIMITED THAN THAT! Housed in cool red sleeves printed in gold metallic ink!
MY RECORD COLLECTION dot ORG
Expo '70 might have made it's name for it's many floor-shaking and rumbling doom albums, but no one will argue that what makes this band stick out from the lot are the occasional kosmische records. Corridors To Infinity is one of those incredible exceptions. Once every blue moon, when the planets Harmonia and Ash Ra align with the star Cluster in the Schulze constellation, a certain cosmic energy seems to channel through Expo '70, turning it's music into rhythmical transmissions reaching us from light years away. Meetings For The Lunar Eclipse is an epic cosmic monster some scientists believe might be a powerful super black hole able to destroy and absorb any other band that might be in it's vicinityBlack Pyramids Under The Martian Sky, another track which lies far beyond the first side, is presumed to be an even more massive celestial body of mysterious origins. The only way to figure it all out by yourselves is to give it a spin!
Expo 70 is, by now, a fairly well regarded name in the world of kosmiche/drone world, and truth be told the hype is well earned. Few have explored the outer space ways in recent years with such consistency and direction as Justin Wright. This hour long tape, presents two side long tracks, remarkably recorded in the same day. With this much time to work with, Wright and his compatriots are able to stretch out, in and over each other in the name of some truly zoned excursions.
The first side belongs to “Meetings of the Lunar Bridge,” a duet between Wright, on guitar and drum machine, and McKinley Jones' Moog. The results are fantastically rich, and far fuller than most would assume was possible between such a limited instrumental lineup. Opening with a punch, the side soon slips into a meditative drift aided by Wright's loping pulse, which enters and dissolves at will while the two veer around, peaking first at this sun, then at that moon, and that quasar, and that nebulae. Hubble happenings to be sure.
The flip side, “Black Pyramids Under the Martian Sun,” adds Matt Hill's organ to the mix, which fills the sound out even more. The trio's smart though, knowing full well the freedom this allows. Rather than lifting off together they fade in gently, playing little and merging textures as they trod towards their soupy abyss. A beautiful side and release overall, with stellar artwork to boot.
8/10 -- Eric Hardiman (27 October, 2009)
By Gregory McGreevy
This byte section is going to showcase all the best limited cassette releases money can buy, but often doesn't. I will do my best to keep it varied, but it will mostly lean towards the avant-garde and experimental (as if other genres of music were being put on tape in the year 2009).
That being said, let's start it off with Expo 70's cassette on Sonic Meditations, Corridors To Infinity. Justin Wright's Expo 70 project has been one of the more noticeable in the recent crop of kraut/kosmische inspired psychedelic acts, with Corridors To Infinity lending more steam to an already boiling pot.
This tape features Mr. Wright on drum machine and guitar, with McKinley Jones at the helm on the Moog and Matt HIll joining in on the organ on the B side. It's got a lot of the long drones you might expect, while adding some punch in certain areas with the drum machine and guitar, but also hitting really meditative spots and gently lifting and pushing you around that cosmic inner-brain, third-eye.
Great release. Super long-player at 60 minutes. A definite must for inner exploration or hazy, smoke filled late nights.
Out of print, but tool around a bit and you may be able to find it.
THE WIRE MAGAZINE Issue 311
Size Matters By Byron Coley
Superb space aktion helmed by Kansas City's Justin Wright. Duo on one side, trio on the other, and the smoky thickness of the guitar/Moog/organ/drumbox recall the phosphorescent ghost mystery Laurence Cook used to embody when he'd drape a sheet over his head and drum kit, then flail sideways into the the gaping yawp of the 0-mind. The music here is like a private lightshow in your bedroom. Enjoyable as anything.