Volcano the Bear — Classic Erasmus Fusion
(Beta-lactam Ring mt092a, 2006, 2CD)
by Jon Davis, Published 2007-03-01
If you thought the weird bits of Ummagumma weren’t weird enough, have I got a band for you. We’re mostly out in Residents territory, only with a psychedelic edge, and you can have a little Nurse with Wound as well. Not much dancing in this house. It seems to consist of improvisation, sound manipulation (probably before, during, and after the fact), and a wide array of instruments lying around just in case someone feels an urge. Horns, strings, percussion, noisemakers, and pieces fallen off alien spacecraft (for all I can tell) make appearances. There are even a few vocal tracks, sometimes with singing, sometimes chanting, sometimes screaming – at least I think that’s what I heard. You can never be too sure with an album like this. The second disc of this set approaches more band-oriented sounds, and contains most of the recognizable songs. There are also similarities with the more experimental German bands of the 70s: Faust-heads take note. The band has also conveniently provided a rest stop along the way, twelve minutes of sparse acoustic (I think) droning in case you need a potty break. You an also get it in a 2LP version, which is said to feature different mixes all round. Now where did that Pict go? I know he was around here somewhere.
Related artist(s): Volcano the Bear
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From the press release:
To Wake a Dream in Moving Water takes from Echo Us' past and spins it into a whole new direction, one closer to traditional acoustic Celtic music than ever before.
To Wake a Dream in Moving Water was composed and recorded during the first few months of 2017. Although Celtic influenced and comprised of a number of re-workings of Irish folk tunes and Breton aires, the album is still in large part new and original Echo Us music that fits right in the Echo Us ‘canon’. “Wake” is a natural progression from “A Priori Memoriae”, which was released to critical acclaim in Europe in 2014.
To Wake a Dream in Moving Water is Echo Us’ ‘Celtic’ album that was planned for a long time but never executed because of the work on the trilogy that came before it. The album title is a typical ‘Echo Us’ play on words which one can find their own meaning.
“It is also both evocative of the Oregon rain, which I am told is not too unlike the rain in Ireland.”(Matthews)
To Wake a Dream in Moving Water is also a comment on conception- which was unintentional when the lyric was written. Matthews surprised himself a few months after writing it, realizing that the song was actually about the nitty gritty, biological workings of what happens when a child is conceived. The folk song it derives from musically describes a courting ritual, one that even today we can all relate to in our own way.
“Come With Me Over the Mountain" in acapella was the musical inspiration for the song, and came into my consciousness after the lyrics were written a few months prior. “ (Matthews)
As with all Echo Us recordings, a number of seeming coincidences resulted in connections being drawn where prior there were none. Another experience of similar capacity was found in oboe samples from A Priori Memoriae that echoed the traditional “May Morning Dew’, also reworked for guitar on the new album.