Just phenomenal traditional spacey krautrock/kosmische. It doesn't do anything especially new with the genre, but it's a very warm and nostalgic record that will have you nodding your head. Wonderful, pulsing, psychedelic stuff.
Favorite track: Drop Out.
Welcome to the meeting of future minds, welcome to oceans far divide, welcome to flashing hypnotic travels, welcome to suspended grooves unraveled, welcome to the new Rocket Recordings release to drop out of the sky..........
‘Gnod Drop Out with White Hills II’ is the first official collaboration between two of the most colossal cosmic manglers on the planet, that of astral rejecters Gnod (Manchester) and former Rocket, now Thrill Jockey’s spacerock juggernauts White Hills (New York).
Hot on the heels from their Not Not Fun sold out release, as well as countless self unleashed CDRs & various indie label alliances, Gnod have been stirring their galactic soup of flashbacked rituals with unpredictable incendiary results, both on record and as a live experience. Having them join forces with White Hills for this record is akin to having the aural equivalent of those 3D magic eye stereograms, looked at in one way, they just don’t make sense, but seen through the repetition of the music, the result is out of this world.
Since White Hills last outing with Rocket Recordings on the ‘Collisions’ split with The Heads, the band have successfully released their debut album for the US label Thrill Jockey and now have notched up an impressive back catalogue of releases. Their fiery brand of heavy spacerock has seen them burning up live appearances over the years as they continue on the path towards uncharted territories.
To celebrate this thundering union, Rocket Recordings have embarked upon the release of a double vinyl LP expanding into four phases of pulsating mantras, awash with all the hypno propulsion both bands motor skills can pilot.
It’s brimming with surrendered NEU like patterns, like both bands driving through ‘Dingerland’ with „LA Woman… blasting from the rushing air. We have 16 minute elegant ‘Bel Air’ suites, it’s ebbed & flowing mesmerizing grooves burst with swooping grandiose synths, like gentle waves, hanging in time. Interjections of oscillating guitars and keyboards, designed to propel the captured listener into a trance-inducing sunroof of kosmische blur, rupturing out through the expansive blue.
The 8 tracks contained over 4 sides are embedded with 4 long 10 minute plus pieces & these anchor the whole experience firmly into an exciting haze of echoing psychedelia, electronic & experimental Krautrock trippo-nova. After which, all four corners of your mind’s eye have been consecrated ‘in Gnod we trust’s’ world of undulating symphonies.
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