Wednesday, May 16, 2007

The Flight Commander-Flight Commander Solitude and The Snake ,LP,1985,UK

Flight Commander was a band formatted by Simon Hinkler and Mark Gouldthorpe ,from the ashes of the disbanded Artery.Here's Simon's own words:
Being in an experimental frame of mind, I spent the year of 1985 working on an album with Mark Gouldthorpe, the vocalist from Artery. From the outset we had no set ideas of what we were going to record, but we knew we wanted to create something that would reveal hidden facets when listened to "in an altered state of mind."
Studio technology then was still primative by today's standards, which in a way was a good thing, because when you don't have a lot of toys to play with you learn to invent your own fun. We worked mostly in down time (late nights) at Input Recording Studio in Sheffield, where I approached using the studio equipment as an instrument in itself, to create soundscapes in which Mark's words could exist.
After working on this project for about ten months, both Mark and I were beginning to lose our grip on reality. I was heavy into lucid dreaming and astral projection at that time, and the line between the dream state and reality was becoming vague. Mark disappeared for several days (during which time I recorded the track "Hidden For Days") and when he returned he said he'd suddenly found himself out in the middle of nowhere, with no idea how he'd got there.
The resulting album we named "Flight Commander Solitude and The Snake." I must confess the title referred to Mark and myself - Mark spent a lot of time on his own, and I used to have this cool snakeskin shirt, so a mate of mine started calling me "snake" as a joke. Making this album seemed like the next place to go afterArtery. It was a very rewarding experience, and I'm proud of the results, but you need to be a total head to appreciate it.
An excellent dark electronic epos of agony and claustophobia.HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!
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