Fleetwood psychonauts return with their second album of 2017. Whereas ‘Zen B*****d’ was a re- imagining of ancient songs from the back catalogue, ‘Ascent to Godhead’ consists of brand new compositions improvised in the studio. No Hawkwind-esque generators are to be found which are synonymous with the space rock genre.
Instead we have a calamitous howl more reminiscent to the Birthday Party than to Gong. Earthling Society’s unique song writing abilities remain however; where no song starts and ends the same, constantly morphing into something new. Jazz and eastern rhythms are at the forefront of ‘Ascent to Godhead’. Taking inspiration from Alice Coltrane, Sun Ra, Far East Family band, Tidori Takada amongst others.
This is no hippy claptrap from the sunshine playroom, it’s an album that ties your brain in knots, and oozes spiritual meaning.
Also included is the long lost garage rocker ‘Can You Levitate?’ Recorded in 2009 and only unearthed earlier this year. Proving that earthling Society were belting this stuff out long before the current psych scene with it Elevators’ call to arms and Butthole Surfers splashdown.
released August 4, 2017
Earthling Society are :
Fred Laird - Guitars, Vocals, Electric Tanpura, Recorder, Bouzouki, Buddha Box and Lap Steel
Jon Blacow – Drums, Tablas and Percussion
Kim Allen – Fender Bass and Fretless Bass
Mike Seed – Tenor Sax on 'Godhead Parts 1&2'
Luis Gutarra – Bass on 'Can You Levitate?'
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Gnod. What to say about Gnod? Tripped out psych and drone noise collective that will astound. Originally purchased on digital, I went back for the vinyl. This was the record that got me through 2017 and continues to see me through when the psycho right-wing capitalist fascist industrial death machine gets me down. Eve McGivern