The Great Electric: Coloured Vinyl LP
Label: Where Its At Is Where You Are
Release Date: 8th October
This is the perfect mix if you're one of those kosmiche astral travellers who likes to float out into a 25 minute ambient pool and being picked up by a motorik wave before getting a load of bitcrushed surf up your nose - that's the first track at least. The second side explores a more immediate and pop song length tracks taking on 70s library synths, new age and spikey post punk.
And with this blurb your 'psychkosmichenewagewaveambient' bingo cards should be full.
For those who dig: Can (Damo Suzuki), Neu, Tangerine Dream, Eat Light Become Lights... ya know, krautrock and if you're a fan of Side A being one long jam and the second being your usual pop length songs - that's always good.
The Great Electric return with their second full-length album The Greater Electric, released on WIAIWYA on 1st Oct 2021.
Recorded in and around their native South London, this record sees the band building upon their love of sound collage, improvisation and cut-and-paste recording techniques.
The record sees the band build upon the first album’s motorik psychedelia, with the palette of influences on this record expanded to include early Simple Minds, ambient pioneer Hirosmi Yoshimura, and the avant-pop of Franco Battiato.
2020’s enforced remote collaboration was no huge change in process for the band, as it’s an approach they’ve always thrived upon since their inception. Large sections of the record were recorded individually before being passed between home studios, where individual parts were layered in before being passed on, Chinese Whispers-style.
HARKONEN, the 25-minute album opener, was shaped from hours of extended improvisation, including long sections recorded live with Damo Suzuki of Can. As it evolves, the track veers between textured motorik rigidity, dreamy psychedelia, pulsating psych-rock, and bitcrushed noise to the extent the pressing plant asked if the mix was supposed to sound like that.
Elsewhere the band showcase shorter, more immediate pop songs such as the triumphant optimism of VanDen Plas. The track builds continually, welding a celestial ensemble of Michael Rother-inspired guitar textures and layers of analogue synth melody.
The Red Forest combines the textual interplay of vibraphone and piano with the rigid timekeeping of a drum machine, building to a Foxtrot-era Genesis crescendo drenched in layers of Fripp-ian fried cosmic fuzztone.
Elsewhere, Jogging imagines the motorik sound presented in an alternative universe where vast stadium audiences clap along Radio Ga-Ga style, while Afterburner fizzes with layered, woozy Ry Cooder-meets-Eno intertwined guitar and synth melodies.
With The Greater Electric, the band have combined an even wider palette of influences reaching far back into the historical canon of motorik psychedelia that they showcased on their 2017 debut The Great Electric, but it’s an album whose immersive production feels firmly rooted in the second decade of the 21st century, and rewards consumption in a single sitting.