Exposé Online banner

Kennelmus — Folkstone Prism
(Sundazed SC 6129, 1971/1999, CD)

by Michael Draine, Published 1999-11-01

Folkstone Prism Cover art

Something of a last gasp for psychedelia, this Phoenix quartet’s self-released 1971 debut proved to be their sole vinyl offering. Though originally conceived as a rock opera, most of the album’s A-side became instrumental owing to the lack of a strong vocalist. Long stretches without lyrics liberated the group from pop verse / refrain structure, propelling the former inland surf-rockers into the nether realms of deep psychedelia. (Grating, nasal vocals toward the end of the album reveal the wisdom of letting the music speak for itself.) While Kennélmus lacks the chops of their San Francisco contemporaries, guitarist / keyboardist Ken Walker displays a certain raw genius at composition and arranging. Folkstone Prism opens with a mind-bending 17-minute aural trip colored with dreamy acoustic strumming, mutated surf guitar, a percussion line lifted from “Tomorrow Never Knows,” trippy segues, and low-tech electronics. The goofy reading of Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven” that closes the album suggests such acid-era silliness as The Calico Wall’s notorious “Flight Reaction,” from Pebbles Vol. 3. Sundazed has granted this long-unavailable lysergic landmark an unimpeachable sonic presentation.


Filed under: Reissues, Issue 18, 1999 releases, 1971 recordings

Related artist(s): Kennelmus

Latest news

2018-07-31
Tomasz Stańko RIP – Tomasz Stańko, one of the greats of Eastern European jazz, has died at the age of 76. Stańko's career started in Krzysztof Komeda's quintet, where he contributed trumpet from 1963-1967, when he formed his own group. He worked extensively with Edward Vesala, Don Cherry, Zbigniew Seifert, Chico Freeman, Howard Johnson, Cecil Taylor, and many others. Many of his recordings have been released by ECM, an association that began in the mid-70s. » Read more

2018-07-09
Soft Machine Set to Release New Music – It's been 50 years since The Soft Machine changed the face of music with their first album. Their blend of psychedelic rock and jazz was unique, and while the band went through many changes before disbanding in 1981 — by which time there were no original members remaining — they remained an innovative force with a style all their own. » Read more

2018-07-01
7d Surfaces Happy Rhodes Back Catalog – We've covered singer Happy Rhodes before, both for her solo work and recently with The Security Project, but her 11 albums have been hard to track down. Until now. 7d features high-quality downloads of all her releases, and several of them are also available on CD. » Read more

2018-06-25
Fred Chalenor RIP – We have news of another sad passing in the world of creative music. Bassist Fred Chalenor, whose creativity featured on albums by Tone Dogs, Caveman Shoestore, and many more, died on June 23, 2018 after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Tributes have poured in from the many musicians and fans whose lives he touched. » Read more

2018-06-13
Jon Hiseman RIP – One of the great drummers of the rock era has died. Jon Hiseman was a veteran of such ground-breaking groups as Colosseum (I and II), Tempest, John Mayal's Bleusbreakers, and was a founding member of the innovative large band United Jazz + Rock Ensemble. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

You Are Here - You Are Here – You Are Here are a new band out of Toronto with this eponymous EP as their debut. First off, I should point out that while a keyboard player is present, this quintet have a much newer and younger...  (1998) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues