Exposé Online banner

Lamp of the Universe — The Inner Light of Revelation
((Not on label) no#, 2015, CD/LP + download)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2015-08-11

The Inner Light of Revelation Cover art

New Zealander Craig Williamson has been performing and recording as Lamp of the Universe since 1999. The Inner Light of Revelation, available on CD, LP, and download, may be his eleventh release, but Craig’s music is brand new to me. Based on what I hear on The Inner Light of Revelation, I have been missing out. Craig plays a form of ritualistic/shamanistic psychedelic, acid folk, Eastern trance music. He is in a league by himself, though I detect some similarities to the Master Musicians of Bukkake. Many of the eight tracks are trance-inducing dirges with drones, sitar, Mellotron, and vocals weaving in and out of the trippy music. I would have to really concentrate on the vocals to understand the message, but the vocals are secondary to the musical experience. Suffice it to say, the vocals contribute to the spiritual and meditative nature of the music. In many places, there is a raga ambiance with a repeated two- or three-note riff and monotonic chanting, with overlaid psychedelic guitar. The disc is the musical equivalent of a psychotropic/lysergic journey to the center of your mind. Perfect to relax to at the end of a hectic day.


Filed under: New releases, 2015 releases

Related artist(s): Lamp of the Universe (Craig Williamson)

More info
http:// lampoftheuniverse.bandcamp.com
http://www.facebook.com/lampoftheuniverse

Latest news

2018-11-16
The Seventeenth Dream of Dr Sardonicus Festival Tickets Now Available – Fruits de Mer Records and their merry crew of psychedelic explorers are getting set to present the next The Seventeenth Dream of Dr. Sardonicus Festival. The dates are set for August 2-4, 2019 at The Cellar Bar in Cardigan, Wales. They've also announced that the legendary Groundhogs will top the bill. » Read more

2018-11-02
Charles O'Meara (C.W. Vrtacek) RIP – A true musical original has left us. Charles O'Meara, who recorded under the name C.W. Vrtacek, was a wild-card musical talent, ranging from complex progressive rock to introspective modern compositions, with stops at many places inbetween. » Read more

2018-10-17
Eurock Documentary Seeks Funding – We've been fans and fellow travelers with Archie Patterson and his Eurock project on the journey to discover great music. After many years of promoting and trying to spread the word,a new phase is beginning: a documentary film. Things like this don't just happen, and money does not magically appear to make it happen, so it's up to the fans to get it done. » Read more

2018-09-29
Marty Balin RIP – One of the architects of the 60s psychedelic sound of San Francisco has died at the age of 76. Marty Balin was a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who was one of the founders of Jefferson Airplane. After the split of the original Airplane, Balin went on to form the highly successful Jefferson Starship. » Read more

2018-09-25
Help the Psychic Equalizer Avoid Extinction – Last year we reviewed the debut album by Psychic Equalizer, a musical project of Hugo Selles. He's now working on the ambitious follow-up to that release, and is seeking funding from listeners around the world. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

XII Alfonso - Under – Apparently taking a break from their three-part tribute to painter Claude Monet, this French band has put out this lush instrumental concept album. You might typically say that an instrumental concept...  (2010) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues