GALACTIC EXPLORERS – Epitaph For Venus

Psi-Fi 1996 / Mental Experience 2017

GALACTIC EXPLORERS - Epitaph For Venus

GALACTIC EXPLORERS –
Epitaph For Venus

From 1972-1973, largo lament to planetary movement in ivory skies – towards Krautrock and beyond.

One of the albums allegedly laid down for Cologne’s Pyramid label, this is a one-off proposition in terms of its structure.┬áThere are three epic pieces, two of those crossing a 15-minute mark, performed by three synthesizer operators – Johannes Lutz, Holst Seisert and Reinhard Karwatsky – two also adding an organ and one an electric piano to the spaced-out slab of ideas.

The gist of it is summed up in “Ethereal Jazz” where a warped clang creates a continuum for the spectral Hammond and Fender Rhodes who try to locate a tune that’s not there. Yet something should surely lurk in the depth of this intangible music.┬áCelestially ordered white noise thickening on “Venus Rising” may be the closest the ensemble got to a melody. But it’s the artfully unfocused throb of “Lunarscape” that sends shards of crystalline bliss and occasional abstract chord to the farthest reaches of the universe – or, rather, receives otherworldly radio signals from the dark side of the moon.

Signing off with a thunderous sigh, a rare dynamic splash on this album, the escapist piece seals its nebulous enigma. It’s difficult to navigate through, if quite rewarding.

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January 24, 2018

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