Wednesday, May 13, 2015

-valis Pick of the Week

Hail Voyagers! Our Pick this week, from the Wiltshire area of England: Cranium Pie! Their latest effort, (already sold out!,) is titled Mechanisms, Part 2, is out as a double LP by those finely-attuned & crazy folks at Fruits de Mer!

Still available digitally via the band's own Bandcamp page, we find on offer 15 tracks of weird, wild, and ultimately wonderful space-prog-psych, wheren our protagonists live up to the "Moonrakers" appellation. Good friend and prog savant Jerry Kranitz, of Aural Innovations, starts off describing it thusly: "It took nearly four years but Cranium Pie have finally released the follow up to 2011’s fantastic Mechanisms Part 1. Mechanisms Part 2 is a 2-LP set with a single approximately 19 minute track on each side. Though untitled, each side has distinguishable segments, though they typically flow fairly seamlessly from one to the next. But titles mean little here as the whole is like a tour de force of Prog-Psych-Kosmiche Rock circa 1969-73. Follow along as I stream of conscious describe this 4 sided experience and you’ll get a flavor for what Mechanisms Part 2 is about… " (REad the rest here.)

Or, Oregano Rathbone's concise head-nailing: ""a roiling soundwave that conjoins Caravan/Egg organ textures with cabalistic, linear grooves straight from the Neu! road map. Cranium Pie exist in the magical interstice between psych and prog, so you’ll search in vain for the intemperate showing-off of the latter while basking in the polychromatic flashes of the former" (Record Collector)

Here's a track to enjoy as a taste:


You can listen to the archived stream here; or, hear it this Friday, on The Dead Man's Turn Me On, Dead Man show on Live365, where it's heard every Friday at noon eastern time, as well as Mr. Atavist's Sunrise Ocean Bender show, heard every other Thursday from 11pm to 1 am eastern, on WRIR in Richmond, VA.

Adding the Pick of the Week to their show is Dogs Got A Bone out of Edinburgh, Scotland, from 10pm to midnight, Mondays, U.K. time, (adjust accordingly,) on Belter Radio. Thanks Col Chant!

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