Exposé Online banner

Landskap — II
(Black Widow BWRCD 187-2, 2015, CD)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2016-05-15

II Cover art

The British band Landskap released their first two albums on Bandcamp in January and November 2014 respectively, both as free downloads. In 2015 Black Widow Records reissued the second album II with a bonus track not available on Bandcamp. Landskap performs a mixture of heavy doom laden psych/prog rock, much like the 90s British band Dead Flowers, who released two albums Moontan and Smell the Fragrance. But there are other musical touch points as well. Landskap is Jake Harding (vocals), George Pan (guitar), Frederic Caure (bass), Kostas Panagiotou (organ and keyboards), and Paul Westwood (drums). Together they have produced some heavy gothic rock with hints of Jim Morrision and The Doors, as well as Fields of the Nephilim. The original album contains five tracks: “Leave It All Behind,” “South of No North,” “Through the Ash,” “Landskap Theme,” and “Tomorrow’s Ghost.” The bonus track is the instrumental “Lazy Sundae.” The opening song is the epic “Leave It All Behind,” a nightmarish vision with Pan’s killer guitar and Kostas’ sepulchral organ. “South of No North” moves into the gothic western style of The Doors and the Long Dead Sevens. “Through the Ash” is a blues rocker that turns to the dark side with some heavy organ chops. “Landskap Theme” is a heavy and energetic instrumental with each member trading licks and segues nicely into the outstanding “Tomorrow’s Ghost.” This song starts with a quiet drum and guitar intro with Kostas joining in on with electric piano to impart a sleepy vibe of “Riders on the Storm.” “Tomorrow’s Ghost” slowly develops from a rainy late night atmosphere to dark psych/doom rock with gritty vocals and superb organ. The excellent bonus track sounds like a dark and slowed down version of the Cippolina’s guitar solo from Quicksilver Messenger’s seminal “The Fool.” But then Landskap takes it further into an ethereal psych realm with growling guitar. Quite a musical experience!


Filed under: New releases, 2015 releases

Related artist(s): Landskap

More info
http://landskap.bandcamp.com/album/ii

Latest news

2017-10-18
Phil Miller RIP – Sad word reaches us today of the passing of another of the great musicians of the Canterbury Scene — guitarist Phil Miller. His distinctive sound added greatly to Matching Mole, Hatfield and the North, and National Health, and he also contributed to albums by Caravan, Dave Stewart $amp; Barbara Gaskin, and many others. He was 68. » Read more

2017-10-13
Moonjune to Distribute Tony Levin's Back Catalog – It has been announced that Moonjune will now handle distribution for Tony Levin's catalog of releases. These great albums will now be a bit easier to get hold of, so check out the site and see what you're missing. The veteran of King Crimson and Stick Men worked with a host of great players on these albums, and we've reviewed most of them over the course of the years. » Read more

2017-09-26
Bandcamp Shines Light on Niches We Like – Bandcamp has developed into one of the best places to discover new music, and even a lot of old music is showing up there. In addition, their staff has been producing periodic articles spotlighting some interesting stylistic areas. On 20 September, they published one called "The New Face of Prog Rock" which bears checking out. » Read more

2017-09-06
Holger Czukay RIP – Holger Czukay, a musical experimentalist without boundaries who has been involved with expanding the sound palette of rock music since the late 60s, has died at the age of 79. After studying with Karlheinz Stockhausen in the early 60s, he became fascinated with the possibilities of rock music, and was a co-founder of the pioneering group Can. He leaves behind an impressive body of work both as musician and producer. » Read more

2017-08-22
John Abercrombie RIP – Another of the greats of jazz guitar has left us. John Abercrombie plied his way through a beautiful series of albums on the ECM label as well as bringing his talent to bear on albums by many of jazz's greatest artists. From his early work in the group Dreams to Gateway and outstanding work with Billy Cobham, Jack DeJohnette, Kenny Wheeler, and many more to his own trios and quartets, he brought a unique instrumental voice to the world. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Tabula Rasa - Ekkedien Tanssi – Ekkedien Tanssi was the second album by this Finnish five-piece who created a type of mellow, melodic prog not unlike the music of Camel. Indeed, this album is comparable in both style and quality to...  (1994) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues