Tuesday, February 6, 2007

Tombstone Valentine-Hidden World, CD,1998,USA

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Some reviews
One of the first releases on Aether Records was the Hidden World debut (vinyl) lp by Tombstone Valentine, a quintet with a 60's/90's West Coast sound. Hidden World was mostly recorded at home on a Tascam 238 8-track and features 4 compositions: the title track and the magnificent "Green Sky Night" are 2 pearls of modern West Coast psych rock with Grace Slick-like female lead vocals, wah wah guitar, Country Joe & The Fish type organ patterns and strange synth noises, while the other 2 numbers are purely instrumental and vaguely sound like one of the space jams of the Grateful Dead with Cork Marcheschi of 50 Foot Hose guesting on weird electronic noises. Especially the side-filling "Elastic Reality" is an impressive, long example of avant-garde psychedelics for the next millenium. Outstanding lp, long time since I heard a release that balances so neatly between tradition and experiment, and creates something new under the sun. (Crohingawell, Belgium)

Tombstone Valentine reminds me of a less analog-ish, more 60's sounding version of Architechtual Metaphor, combining a krautrock-ish droning sensibility with the intense vocal work of Richelle Toombs. Randy Schwartz colors the sound quite nicely with electric violin and E-bow bass. Richelle and keyboardist Diane Hancock both play farfisas which, along with Rick Wilkerson's bass and Greg Toombs' trippy guitar, form the heart of the band's sound.
The Spencer Dryden-like drum work on the opener "Green Sky Night" gives that track a nice Jefferson Airplane feel. The rest of the album has a trippier kraut/psych style; droning, but very interesting. Hearing a CD copy of Hidden World vs. a tape from vinyl revealed an intelligent depth to the soundscapes Tombstone Valentine creates. Highly recommended to fans of psychedelic music. (Paul Williams, Progression Magazine)

The psychedelic scene of Indianapolis acquires another option, further expanding the borders traced by indispensable bands such as Windopane and Many Bright Things, capturing in a vinyl cornucopia a shiny load of tricks and propitiatory spells, a gate of access for a "hidden world" to be explored with your five senses open wide.
The same Many Bright Things are not unrelated to the appearnace of the Tombstone Valentine star in the skies of Indiana - Ray Pierle, for instance, is involved in the mixing of this splendid album - and if this sounds as a sufficient guarantee for the quality of this product, it won't take anything away from the amazement that plunging into this fun-fair for the mind will provide. . TV is a quintet which distills highly keyboard-loaded potions - the combination of synths and Farfisa reaching a peak of three instruments at a time - seasoned with occasional bass doubling, original guitar textures and no less than two female voices, those of Diane Hancock and Richelle Toombs. Two different concepts of contemporary space-rock unroll on the respective sides of the record, the first of which is devoted to the delicate upsetting of the song-form, while the second defines a personal concept of alien and stunning ambient music.
As far as the former aspect is concerned, "Hidden World" is pure hallucinating enchantment, eyes open wide on unknown skies and voices unfolded in ineffable harmonies, a game of mirrors reflecting the acid-rock dew of the next millennium, acid-veered Cocteau Twins vocal timbres, reverberations of isolationist guitars. "Triple O Shuffle" is a huge raga, discreet and cautious but full of life and imagination, while "Green Sky Night" projects the next generation's "After Bathing At Baxter's", still impregnated of the preceding track's Indian fragrance, but dominated by epic and theatrical vocals.
Conversely, the latter side is occupied by the abstract and impenetrable "Elastic Reality", a purposely unresolved free-form panel, assembled with heterogeneous materials, some Charalambides chamber meditations, scraps from Stars of the Lids' tapes, splinters of minimalism and of low-budget electronics. A simple glance to TV's world shows there is life in outer space. Try to Believe! (Enrico Ramunni, Rockerilla, Italy)
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Anonymous said...

Thank you!!

Anonymous said...

I can't open "Elastic Reality". Is it the file or is it me?