Exposé Online banner

Earthmonkey — Drum Machine
(Beta-lactam Ring mt068, 2004, CD)

Earthmonkey — Audiosapien
(Beta-lactam Ring mt038, 2003, CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 2005-09-01

Drum Machine Cover artAudiosapien Cover artIf you take the free-festival space jamming of Ozric Tentacles and add a healthy dose of the psychedelic audio-collage work of Nurse with Wound, you end up in the land of Earthmonkey. There are grooves behind much of the music, but they are often low in the mix, with precedence given to treated keyboards and outer-space echoes. The sound sources are usually manipulated beyond identification into a dreamscape of half-recognized impressions, like walking down a hallway with many doors on either side, some closed, some ajar; and behind each door something is going on. Could be someone playing sax, could be a little boy retelling The Lord of the Rings, could be Tuvan monks singing, could be just rain. Walk up and down the hall as the fancy strikes you, taking in the sounds, but you can’t go into the rooms to get the full impact, you must remain outside, where nothing is quite clear. You’re in no hurry to get anywhere – or you better not be, in a place like this. The “mind-bending” guitar promised in the credits doesn’t show up till track 7 on the full-length Audiosapiens (nice title, eh?). Earthmonkey is a one-man project by a guy called Peat Bog with help from various friends listed in the rambling and poorly spelled thank-yous. The Drum Machine single comes in a nifty hand-made paint-blot cover and includes a number of MP3 files in addition to the three audio tracks. The music has a much more direct and immediate sound than on the full length, still spaced-out but less dream-like, finally giving you the chance to open a door and see what’s on the other side.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 32, 2004 releases, 2003 releases

Related artist(s): Earthmonkey

Latest news

2017-05-19
First ProgStock Festival Set for October – October 2017 will see the inaugural edition of a festival called ProgStock in Rahway, New Jersey at the Union County Performing Arts Center. With a definite slant towards neo-progressive music, the event is sure to please many fans with the inclusion of such artists as Echolyn, Glass Hammer, and Aisles. The festival will take place October 13-15. » Read more

2017-05-05
Clive Brooks RIP – Word reaches us today of another sad passing in the music world. Drummer Clive Brooks, best known as a member of such Canterbury bands as Egg, Uriel / Arzachel, and Groundhogs, has died at the age of 67. Details are sketchy at this point. The news was reported on Nick Mason's Facebook page — Brooks was Mason's drum tech. » Read more

2017-05-02
Col. Bruce Hampton RIP – The phrase "He died doing what he loved" is almost a cliche, but in the case of Col. Bruce Hampton, it couldn't be more true. Hampton, who was born Gustav Berglund III, collapsed on stage at his own 70th birthday celebration and later passed away. The event took place at the Fox Theater in Atlanta. » Read more

2017-04-16
ProgDay 2017 Announces First Bands – Flor de Loto, Sonar, and Infinien are the first three performers to be announced for the 2017 edition of the long-running ProgDay Festival. The 23rd ProgDay takes place Saturday and Sunday, September 2nd and 3rd, at Storybook Farm in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. » Read more

2017-04-16
Allan Holdsworth RIP – Surely in the list of artists who have contributed to the sound of modern music, there is a special spot for guitarist Allan Holdsworth. His name is known to virtually every student of the instrument in jazz and rock, and his style has been so widely emulated that it's hardly worth mentioning anymore — we can just assume that every guitarist has Holdsworth as an influence. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Dogma - Album – In my opinion, this is what a neo-progressive album should sound like. Dogma's debut is an excellent album, very much in the instrumental style that Pendragon started on with the second part of...  (1993) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues