Vibracathedral Cathedral: Smoke Song LP
Third in a trio of limited edition new LP's from the ever mysterious Vibracathedral crew, returning from another relatively quiet period with an uncompromising set of outre' jams. Slightly reorganized around a lineup of stalwarts Mick Flower and Adam Davenport with frequent collaborators John Godbert (Total) and John Moloney (Sunburned Hand of the Man), the band here stretches way, way out over these six sides, taking in several different styles while maintaining "that" sound all the way through.
Smoke Song's more gentle exposition starts with Davenport's santoor (a type of hammered dulcimer) leading the band into a lengthy mid-tempo groove on "Smoke Song," followed on the second half of the side by the short, quiet "Cholita Maria." The second side's 17 minute "Get it, got it" lays down the tremolo and phase in a probably unintentional echo of the best Spacemen 3 comedowns, taking a pulse and riding it into an organ and percussion fueled bliss.