By Ian Smith
There’s a lot going on here. This is the debut album from Spiral Galaxy, released on the ever-happening Cardinal Fuzz label. Sara Gossett and Plastic Crimewave have also invited their friends to help out, Jean-Herve and Kawabata head the list of conspirators.
This record jumps from genre to genre and never fits snugly in any. Opening track ‘Celestial Omen’ is a delicious folk-based drone, instruments coming and going, creating an altered, dreamy state. ‘Tragique Mechanique’ recalls early Kraftwerk and is more sinister, with dislocated spoken-word vocals sitting with sounds old and new.
The 14-minute ‘Machine D’ starts in a playful manner and builds as the song progresses, Eastern-tinged hooks combine with low-key, mournful melody. ‘Pendlewitches’ completes the album and is a haunting mantra, clocking in at a measly 5 minutes. And the album is over. More please.
Spiral Galaxy is released on 19th June on Cardinal Fuzz Records. To listen and find out more, go to https://cful.bandcamp.com/album/spiral-galaxy