"Radio Free Clear Light- Live at Godspeed" was recorded during a ritual
performance in Oakland, California in July 2007. Here, the usual suspects gathered to
wreak havoc on the unsuspecting ears of the Bay Area Swan Collective along with other
poets, the steel horse artists and patrons of Godspeed.
live electronic improv was augmented by the driving beats provided by Jim Sienkiewicz and
the vocal improvisations of Etanna Zak and Lydia Harari. The result is a sound just smooth
enough to swallow, laced with a seductive krautrock bite, subtly reminiscent of Can.
Born in the moment, each track documents a unique chamber within the
ritual space. Sometimes ambient and reflective, sometimes drilled with body rocking beats,
this is music that travels from point to point, playing like a motion picture soundtrack.
The transitions are so smooth its hard to tell when one track ends and another
Haunting vocals, tribal beats, space age blip, and sinister loops
give musical expression to high experience with all of its horror and delight. Captured
for you on this 50 min disc is the dungeon like atmosphere of Godspeed transformed by the
demented beauty that lived there for one night, before slipping away into the dark in
search of a new host.
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An independent review from Heathen Harvest:
So whats the music like? Its actually quite good, a
mix of atmospheric ritual ambient electronics and loops, hip-swaying tribal percussion and
voices, weaving together in a beguilingly hypnotic harmony. Moods range from the
distinctly unsettling and unnerving to the cosmic and uplifting, with everything in
between; therere even moments when youll want to get up out of your chair and
do some shuffling and swaying on the dancefloor. Its immediately apparent that
these musicians work extremely well together, nothing clashes, disrupts or interrupts; all
the tracks progress and develop smoothly and logically, with the transitions between each
piece utterly natural and without pause from beginning to end.
Consequently this is one of those rarities; its actually going on my very short list
of good live albums.
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