Recorded as we improvised: Summer, 2013. Mad images, as ever, by Corky Cordwell, Shropshire. This one really should be viewed in a dark room, with a glass of something heinous, at hand. Headphones and headgear are also strongly advised.
We can now let slip more details about the 2014 Sonic Rock Solstice!
Here are a few names confirmed: From the USA, celebrating 25yrs of space rock; SPACESEED – From Germany ELECTRIC MOON and from Belgium THE NARCOTIC DAFFODILS!
Also joining the headliners will be LENE LOVICH BAND & DEBORAH BONHAM BAND. With special performances by Alan Davey’s BEDOUIN & GUNSLINGER! Festival favourites PRE-MED… Legendary prog rockers THE ENID!! And, back by popular demand, the likes of WRATHCHILD, LITMUS, KANGAROO MOON, SHANKLIN FREAK SHOW and JOHN THE BAPTIST! Plus a host of delights: WHIMWISE, MUGSTAR, UNDERGROUND ZERO, DR HASBEEN, CREAM PEOPLE, THE ASTRONAUTS, METROPOLIS, THE MAJESTIC, COUNTERHOLD, CROSSROADS, GLOWPEOPLE, RAISE THE ALARM, with more to follow.
STOP PRESS: Big Brother & The Holding Company have now been added!!
Set in the beautiful Welsh countryside, super amenities two indoor stages, free hot showers and proper toilets! Also, no added charges for caravans etc, with free parking with tent.
Tickets available from http://www.sonicrocksolstice.com
Filmed by Rich McQuinn at South Wingfield, Derbyshire, October 2013
Another Chris Cordwell Creation
Hex improvised and recorded by Glowpeople, Autumn, 2013
Released many moons ago and knocking about in my possession for a couple of months now, Glowpeople’s “Things…” consolidates the reputation of a band formed in 2010 since when they have steadily built a name for themselves on the festival circuit, having appeared at the likes of Sonic Rock, Kozfest and Onboard the Craft events over the past year or so
With its rhythmically elastic bass, tasteful percussion, bubbling synths and prominent trumpet, “Things…” is a tripped out yet polished and extremely accomplished work that could – lazy label alert, folks – be termed psychedelic jazz, mixing as it does fusion-era Miles with the odd dollop of dub and distinct (although decidedly pixie-lite) Gong leanings. Use of the spoken word sample on “Things Went Wrong” and “Metaphorical” are particularly effective – the title(ish) track evoking in spirit if not in sound, Frankie’s “Pleasuredome” (one for all you kids to Google) as interpreted by those nice Ozric types. “Everywhere” is as fine an example of luscious cocktail dub as you can ever hope to hear, with louche bass and squelchy synths providing the undertow to some cut- glass glissando while the aforementioned “Metaphorical” is another standout, the spoken word vocal reminiscent of that K9 character from Dr Who. The jazzy dance vibe here reminds one of Red Snapper while “Resounding in H Flat” is a feet shuffler oddly evocative in places of an up tempo reworking of Man’s “Keep on Crinting” (I know, I’m showing my age now). Supreme accolade, though, goes to the sublime “The Saddest Flower in the Vase” with its urgent, Mike Howlett style bass lines and rumbling pulse that puts it in slightly darker territory than the rest of the album.
Equally recommended to those searching for that gentle festival vibe or else the musical backdrop to an evening winding down in some sun kissed Riviera resort as that welcome cold beer hits the back of the throat (I’ve road tested both, readers) this screams “soundtrack” in the same way as Zero 7 kept garnering media exposure a few years back for their visual-friendly grooves. It could even be your entry point into jazz if you’re not already there (in the same way that Gong’s Flying Teapot did for me more years back than I care to remember). See you’ve been warned, now take the plunge.
Glowpeople is a new loose instrumental collective from the U.K. that started in the Summer of 2010 and appeared on the U.K. festival scene in 2012 playing for example at Kozfest, Onboard the Craft and Unorthodox Paradox.
Due to the musicians’ wide array of musical backgrounds their music is quiet hard to label. It seems to be at least mostly improvised, rather psychedelic, progressive, groovy and adventurous. Especially the trumpet player gives the band a quite jazzy feel and I really like that. One of the guys is playing guitar & effects, one keyboards, bleeps & loops, one drums & percussion and the last one bass. And they’re all very good! Some of the tracks like the dub-styled second track (either called “Metaphorical” or “Resound in H Flat”, it’s impossible to say for sure since the titles are written in such a circular manner…) definitely sounds like the early Ozric Tentacles dub jams.
There’s some Gong in there as well for sure. They also have some spoken samples in some tracks which makes them more interesting. Some of the stuff could be called space rock, but it all has a nice jazzy vibe. One of the best tracks in my opinion is the second to last (“With You Without”) that has a sort of darker mood and lots of psychedelic space sounds. Also the last track “The Saddest Flower in the Vase” is really good and mind-expanding and I used it in one of my Astral Visions Radio Shows. There are seven nice tracks in 45 minutes making this a very enjoyable CD.