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BARDO POND

BUFO ALVARIUS (FIRE RECORDS)

BARDO POND - BUFO ALVARIUS 41908
format:
1 CD
release:
26.02.2010
label:
FIRE RECORDS
item ID:
41908
barcode:
0809236113726
Deluxe remastered reissue of Bardo Pond's first Album with bonus track, part of Fire Records Embers series.

"There's something about the combination of lo-fi crunch, post-shoegaze bliss-out, stoner Quaalude head-nodding, and Loop/Spacemen 3 inspired drone that's truly unique." Ned Raggett, All Music Guide.

There will always be naysayers declaring that we have reached the boundaries of what it is possible to do within various genres of music.

And there will always be fearless souls ready to prove them wrong. Bardo Pond, a wide-eyed Philadelphian psychedelic rock unit, exist as a shining point on a graph.

A scintillating cross drawn on a celestial arc, marking their place among the Thirteenth Floor Elevators, Calico Wall, The Stooges, Lift To Experience, Spacemen 3, My Bloody Valentine, Mercury Rev and, more recently, Jackie O Motherfucker and MV&EE.

Explicitly narcotic - there's no room for coyness or prissiness in space rock! - the band was initially an excuse for abyssal guitar drone exploration by brothers Michael and John Gibbons.

But 'Bufo Alvarius' (named after a potently hallucinogenic toad) their classic 1995 album marked an important turning point.

It was like the flickering cine 8 film of someone falling off a cliff played backwards.

A hazy figure leaping out of the void, pausing at the second their foot touched terra firma.

It was the juncture where their music clarified out of chaos and started to coalesce around formations of post rock, shoegaze and psych structure while always threatening to dissolve into a blizzard of reverb, white noise, fuzz drone and echoplex.

Sure there were others doing similar things but no one quite like this. They nudged ahead and nuzzled at the listener with snatches of sweet harmony filtering through the haze, like random sentences of a radio show puncturing a dream.

This was the album that saw them graduate from cult local concern to cult global passion, stepping out from the monolithic shadows cast by their influences.

It is difficult to pick out individual high points on something so clearly designed to be listened to as a whole but the lysergic ebb and flow of 'Capillary River', the aqueous beauty of 'Absence' and, of course, the half hour long centrepiece of 'Amen' demand full attention from the listener.

The never released before 'Fixed' rounds off an album that is transcendent in all the right meanings of the word.
 
  • Tracklisting
  • 1.1. ADHESIVE
  • 1.2. BACK PORCH
  • 1.3. ON A SIDE STREET
  • 1.4. CAPILARY RIVER
  • 1.5. NO TIME TO WASTE
  • 1.6. ABSENCE
  • 1.7. VENT
  • 1.8. AMEN
  • 1.9. FIXED [BONUS TRACK]