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Tombstone Valentine — Hidden World
(Aether 003, 1997, LP)

by Mike Ohman, Published 1999-04-01

Hidden World Cover art

Could this be a flashback to 1972 Berlin? Nope, it's actually 90s Indiana. But this two-woman, three-man combo certainly have that classic, droney Krautrock sound down pat. It could be the analog synths, the Farfisa organs, the sustain-laden guitar leads, the tamboura-like E-bow bass drones, or it could be that they know how to manipulate the instruments in just the right way, but whatever it is, it's the kind of music that drives space-fanatics wild. Richelle Toombs' very American vocals belie the very Teutonic sound, but provide a good complement to the atmospheric music. This is actually a compilation of several home recordings heretofore only available on cassette. While I do look forward to an actual CD by them, if this vinyl release is all we are to see of them, it's sure to become a sought after collectors' item in the future. Lesser albums have achieved such glory, it would be nice to see it go to one that truly deserves it.


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