Expo '70 — Black Ohms
(Beta-lactam Ring mt158, 2007, CD)
by Jon Davis, Published 2009-07-01To make this review the written equivalent of Expo ‘70’s work, I suppose I should just pick a word and repeat it over over over over. I just need to tell the reader to say it with a slightly different tone of voice each time, just like the drones of the music change slightly from moment to moment. When you venture this far into the depths of outer space, instruments are not always what they seem to be – these often seem to be electric guitars. To be fair, it’s not all drones. Sometimes a rhythm will coalesce out of the darkness, an echoing beat like old Hillage in a really trippy mood, shades of Göttsching as well, I suppose. If you categorize music by its target audience and their drug of choice, you could imagine a continuum from nature-loving barefoot hobbits with their ale and pipeweed at one end and big-eyed aliens with designer mind-altering chemicals at the other (and hyperactive rave kids with their ecstasy somewhere in the middle), you’ll definitely want to put Expo ’70 out with the aliens. I’m tempted to run out and try to buy one of those home planetarium light things for the next time I play this, so my room can present better visuals to accompany the sounds. Maybe BLR should offer a super-deluxe edition of this album that comes with one...
Related artist(s): Expo '70
Simeon Coxe RIP – Simeon Coxe, best known for his experimental electronics in the band Silver Apples, has died at the age of 82. The band's 1968 debut album set the stage for both German electronic music and experimental punk music a decade later. Coxe died on September 8 from pulmonary fibrosis. » Read more
Ennio Morricone RIP – Famed composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91. The creator of scores for more than 500 movies, some of his works have become the most recognizable sounds in the history of cinema. His soundtracks for Sergio Leone's Westerns made from 1964 to 1971, are iconic landmarks in film music, but he also composed for dramas, comedies, and other genres. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 2016 for The Hateful Eight. » Read more