Exposé Online banner

Vespero — Shum-Shir
(Tonzonen TON030, 2017, LP)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2019-02-02

Shum-Shir Cover art

Russian psych-space-Krautrockers Vespero (Ivan Fedotov on drums, percussion, and drum machine programming; Arkady Fedotov on bass, synths, and flute; Alexander Kuzovlev on guitars; Alexey Klabukov on keys and synths; and Vitaly Borodin on violin) have been working on a musical project called Abyssinian Tales with Shum-Shir being part two (2016’s Lique-Mekwas is part one). To put things into context, Shum-shir is an ancient Ethiopian ceremony that occurs every ten years for the tribal elders and shamans to choose a new Nəgusä (king). The ceremony involves building a fire of eucalyptus leaves and twigs plus secret drugs that when inhaled provide a hallucinogenic trip with everyone bursting out into all-night dancing. The cleansing flames tower above the ancient trees and the tribal spirits Isidore, Gully, and Gaya. In their drugged-out state they perceive their spirits selecting the new Nəgusä . At dawn, this man dons white robes to the sound of the heavenly Hapi drum and the tribe begins a new life. Vespero has taken this ceremony and translated it into a suitable tribal psychedelic jam of five instrumental tracks: “Shum-Shir,” “Isidore’s Dance,” “Gaya’s Dance,” “Gulli’s Dance,” and “Hapi.” Much of the music is firmly in trippy Ozric Tentacles’ realm, but when Vitaly’s excellent violin excursions enter the mix, the music soars off into uncharted territory. “Gulli’s Dance” is a particularly blissed-out jam where you can easily visualize the stoned elders and shamans swaying to the dance. All in all an interesting take on psychedelic musical journeys.


Filed under: New releases, 2017 releases

Related artist(s): Vespero

More info
http://music.vespero.ru/album/shum-shir

Latest news

2020-09-09
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

2020-09-05
Gary Peacock RIP – Legendary bassist Gary Peacock, veteran of many recordings and performances with Paul Bley, George Russell, Roland Kirk, Bill Evans, Tony Williams, and many more. » Read more

2020-07-22
Tim Smith RIP – Tim Smith, leader of the eccentric band Cardiacs, has died at the age of 59 after many years of health problems. Cardiacs was known for intense and complicated music that combined punk energy with the rhythmic and harmonic sophistication of progressive rock. » Read more

2020-07-12
Judy Dyble RIP – Singer-songwriter Judy Dyble, who was a founding member of Fairport Convention and one of the distinctive voices of the 60s folk revival in Britain, has died at the age of 71. Her passing came at the end of a long illness, though which she continued to work. » Read more

2020-07-06
Ennio Morricone RIP – Famed composer Ennio Morricone has died at the age of 91. The creator of scores for more than 500 movies, some of his works have become the most recognizable sounds in the history of cinema. His soundtracks for Sergio Leone's Westerns made from 1964 to 1971, are iconic landmarks in film music, but he also composed for dramas, comedies, and other genres. He won the Academy Award for Best Original Score in 2016 for The Hateful Eight. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

When - Prefab Wreckage & Gynt – When is essentially a solo vehicle for Lars Pedersen (half of The Last James duo) in which he explores dark ambient realms. It's pretty hard to believe that this is the same guy who worked on...  (1999) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues