Exposé Online banner

Eter-K — Watching the Universe
(Azafrán Media AP-1105, 2011, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2013-04-01

Watching the Universe Cover artFasten your seat belts. Hailing from Peru, Eter-K is a trio of guitar, bass and drums, loops, grooves and effects, their stock in trade being a heady contemporary take on classic psychedelic rock, imbued with energy and a strong jam ethic. Unknown to this writer previously, the band has been around in various forms since the late 80s, and has three previous releases to their credit. Watching the Universe features five long cuts, four easily breaking the ten-minute mark, giving the band plenty of room to stretch, develop their ideas, and evolve. At the center of the psychedelic maelstrom is guitarist and founding member Iván Santos, while the driving rhythm section of Eduardo Velarde and Adrian Arguedas, on bass and drums respectively, provide the structure and tie everything together. The band deftly explores some eastern textures on the fourteen-minute title track, while driving home some pure psychedelic guitar bliss on the burning "Like a Fish in Water." The disc is essentially an all-instrumental endeavor, some chanting effect vocals on one track and narration on another are hardly noticeable. While Eter-K has their own take on blistering psychedelia, fans of Gong, classic Hawkwind, Ozric Tentacles, and the Weinzierl / Anderson (British) version of Amon Düül, as well as hard driving instrumental stoner rock in general would do well to check these guys out.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 40, 2011 releases

Related artist(s): Eter-K

Latest news

2019-04-24
Help MoonJune Bring Great Music to Life – Like many music lovers around the world, we’ve been thrilled and amazed to hear the recordings that have been released by MoonJune from sessions at La Casa Murada in Spain. Such label stalwarts as Mark Wingfield, Markus Reuter, Asaf Sirkis, Tony Levin, Dusan Jevtovic, Vasil Hadzimanov, and many more have gathered in various combinations at the studio to produce some of the most creative music in recent years. Now, label head Leonardo Pavkovic is offering a compilation, La Casa Murada - MoonJune Sessions, Volume One, as a fundraiser for upcoming sessions. » Read more

2019-04-10
The Pineapple Thief to Tour North America – November and December of 2019 will see The Pineapple Thief bringing their music to Canada, Mexico, and the US, and famed drummer Gavin Harrison will be on board. The band has been touring extensively in Europe, but North America will be new territory for them. » Read more

2019-03-25
Scott Walker RIP – Noel Scott Engel, better known as Scott Walker, was one of the most intriguing and enigmatic musical figures in the second half of the 20th Century. His strange career started with The Walker Brothers, an American pop group that featured no one named Walker and no brothers. After moving to England in 1965, they had a series of hit singles. Scott's solo work started with Scott in 1967. Starting in the 80s, his work took an increasingly avant-garde turn. » Read more

2019-03-20
Freedom to Spend Unearths June Chikuma's Archives – Jun (June) Chikuma is well known for her video game and anime soundtracks, but she also released an album of experimental electronic music back in 1986 called Divertimento where she indulged the kind of spontaneity that wouldn't work in a soundtrack. RVNG Int'l label Freedom to Spend is bringing this overlooked item to broader attention with a deluxe reissue. » Read more

2019-03-03
Seaprog 2019 Lineup Almost Complete – The Seaprog festival in Seattle is scheduled for June 7-9 this year, and they've announced their lineup of performers. The revitalized Trettioåriga Kriget will cap Friday night, perennial favorites Marbin are on Saturday, and District 97 will finish off the fest on Sunday night. In support, they've booked a stellar variety of artists from the Northwest and around the world, including EchoTest, Markus Reuter and Trey Gunn, and the live debut of the amazing Troot project. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Arashk - Ustuqus-al-Uss – Arashk is presented as an Iranian three-piece instrumental unit covering multi-guitars, bass, keyboards and drums, though more correctly in recorded form it’s mostly the vehicle of...  (2010) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues