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EARTHMONKEY - Audiosapien

Format: CD
Label & Cat.Number: Beta-Lactam Ring Records mt038a
Release Year: 2003
Note: digipack
Price (incl. 19% VAT): €12.00


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Wer auf obskure 70er Jahre Experimental-Psychedelik steht, kommt hier voll auf seine Kosten ! Sehr fliessende, instrumentelle Stcke von diesem Projekt mit STEVEN STAPLETON !!

First and foremost, Earthmonkey has the word "monkey" in its name, and everyone loves monkeys! OK, maybe you need a little more than just a quality simian reference. The gangly orangutans behind Earthmonkey happen to be Peat Bog and Steven Stapleton. NOW JUST WAIT A MINUTE...We are not done yet. Oh sure, you Nurse freaks are gonna go ape and buy this up without much prodding, but prodding is our pleasure. Simply put, you will go bananas for this one and might even find yourself chanting, to quote a friend of ours when he gets very excited about something, "MONKEY, MONKEY, MONKEY!" Go ahead, say it now---you'll feel exhilarated and will notice that you have become ever so slightly more hirsute. Now, we naked apes live in a world where the term "psych" is thrown around with such frequency that it seems to mean little more than "weird guitars," which is everything nowadays, and could well mean Cher for that matter. So, when we say "psych" in relation to Earthmonkey, we mean Monks. We mean Bonniwell Music Machine. We mean Wolfgang Dauner. We mean Amon Duul II. We mean Taj Mahal Travelers. We mean a bunch of other stuff that Earthmonkey wishes we mentioned but did not. Earthmonkey DOES have weird guitars, and organs, and percussion. But it also has that unnamable, freely streaming "other" quality that sets it apart from being a somewhat avant-garde rock record. Stapleton may, in fact, be the missing link between Neander-Kraut and modern day Psych-Sapien-Sapiens. The music is, well, music. It's very outr, but is nonetheless bounded by time signatures and melody (These, however, are not ties that bind, rather, they are ties that will get you high). In other words, this is not just a noise record and throws back to Stapleton's previous "Musical Pumpkin Cottage" production projects and, to some extent, The LPD "Malachai" record he produced way back in the "Before Times." Earthmonkey is dark, droney, deep and, dare we say, groovy. The music walks along through a thick fog of Peat and signature NWW will-o-the-wisp squeaks and squeals. Each of the 10 tracks follows brilliantly from the last, with certain tracks gaining enough momentum to peel all your 'nanas. In fact, the curves and turns of this release are so perfectly wrought that we think the songs may actually now be part of our body. Maybe we are experiencing devolution. THANKS EARTHMONKEY! Unlike many other modern acts, Earthmonkey's members do not sound like they are trying to make a trippy record, they just do...and it just is. It sounds like a bunch of stoned marmosets got together and actually managed to type the complete works of Shakespeare. [Chris Mc Beth hit again!]

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