Octopus Syng — Hollow Ghost / Rochelle Salt
(Mega Dodo DODOLP10 / DODOCD10, 2016, LP/CD)
by Henry Schneider, Published 2016-07-13
Just like their previous release Reverberating Garden Number 7, the title of their new release Hollow Ghost / Rochelle Salt is equally obscure, but not the music. The eleven songs continue the journey they began with their previous album, and to tie it back, Hollow Ghost / Rochelle Salt contains “Reverberating Garden Number 7” as the final track. This is a characteristic of the Legendary Pink Dots where a lyric from one song becomes the title of a song on a subsequent release. Overall the music on Hollow Ghost / Rochelle Salt did not move me as much as Reverberating Garden Number 7. But that is not meant as a negative. Most of the eleven tracks are dreamy melancholy psychedelic songs, some with a strong Syd Barrett / Pink Floyd or Soft Hearted Scientists vibe. The opening track, “Carbon Dust and Latin Romance 1927,” is the only instrumental and is different from the rest of the disc. For the first three minutes it is an experimental ambient soundscape with organ, guitar, and odd sounds where you keep expecting it to resolve into something, but it doesn’t. My guess this section is “Carbon Dust.” And then for the final minute Octopus Syng delivers beautiful Spanish guitar strumming, which I believe is “Latin Romance 1927.” The other ten dreamy, melancholy, introspective songs are quite enjoyable. Some songs grow on you the more you listen to the disc. So relax and enjoy the floating musical trip into an ethereal world.
Related artist(s): Octopus Syng
Audion Is Back in Business – Our esteemed colleague Alan Freeman has restarted Audion Magazine after a seven year hiatus. The new incarnation is available online on their Bandcamp site. Audion's history goes back to 1984, and included 58 issues up to 2013. Issue #59 is available now, and #60 is in the works. » Read more
Romantic Warriors IV – Krautrock (Part 2) Is in the Works – Zeitgeist Media, the people who have brought us the great series of documentary films chronicling the history of progressive rock, are working on the second installment of their examination of German music. Krautrock 2 will focus on artists from Münich such as Guru Guru, Amon Düül II, Xhol Caravan, Kraan, Witthüser & Westrupp, and Popol Vuh. » Read more
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