VARIOUS

THE MOON AND BACK (WHERE ITS AT IS WHERE...)

VARIOUS - THE MOON AND BACK 134962
Format:
2 CD
Release:
26.07.2019
Label:
WHERE ITS AT IS WHERE...
Kat.-Nr.:
134962
Barcode:
5057805434092
Compilation album telling the terrestrial to celestial and back to terrestrial tale of Neil, Buzz and Mike's little holiday (John Jervis).

New and exclusive tracks from (among others) the Popguns, Rocketship, Darren Hayman, the Leaf Library, Feverdream, My Favorite, Famous Problems, the Great Electric and Spaceship, as well as haikus read by Amelia Fletcher, Pam Berry, Rob Pursey and Kevin Pickering (from indie legends Saturn V!).

We start off on earth with the indie pop jangles of the Popguns and Whoa Melodic, the power-pop garage leanings of Mock Rockets, Pete Weiss and Famous Problems and the epic synth pop of My Favorite (they are Americans) and Rocketship before the Nameless Book undertake a 12 minute real-time kosmische accompaniment to the Saturn V lift-off.

Things get altogether more spacey, ambient, floaty and dreamy once we leave the earth's atmosphere.

Firestations sing about The Overview Effect (something that astronauts report feeling when they see the earth from space; a feeling that everything is somehow connected, fragile and precious), Deerful talks about Chronostasis (due to the nature of spacetime, a clock that is moving relative to an observer will be measured to tick slower than a clock that is at rest in the observer's own frame of reference) and Retep Folo describes a vision of a child's sense of not belonging to earth, and instead feeling more at home in another galaxy.

We are touching down on the moon at the start of disc two (or track 20), playing tribute to Margaret Hamilton (the American computer scientist who developed on-board flight software for the Apollo space program), as well as Neil (and that missing syllable), Buzz (and the joy of kicking moon dust as if it were snow) and the moon itself.

Mikey Collins sings about his namesake (this stuff isn't just thrown together) circling the moon alone (and growing a moustache while he does it!) and Spaceship (this stuff isn't...

you get the gist!) celebrates Larry Baysinger (the ham radio operator who eavesdropped on the Apollo mission from Louisville, Kentucky).

The Leaf Library help us say goodbye to the moon and tranquility base, The Reverend Johnny Kinkaid references the conspiracy theories (Capricorn One fans), we doff our cap to Major Tom, before breaking back into the earth's atmosphere with Feverdream, splashing down with Papernut Cambridge, and learning Newton's Laws of Motion with David Brand and the Popguns.

Cue closing credits, acknowledgements to NASA and the women and men that made it all possible, and the swing of Keiron Phelan's take on the classic "It's Only a Paper Moon".
 
  • Tracklisting
  • 1.1. CARRYING THE FIRE : PRELUDE IN F# MINOR & LAUNCH
  • 1.2. SMALL STEP
  • 1.3. HAIKU - IN THE YEAR 2525
  • 1.4. HEY MOON
  • 1.5. HERE WE GO
  • 1.6. HAIKU - KATHERINE JOHNSON
  • 1.7. T MINUS 25
  • 1.8. COME ON BUZZ
  • 1.9. ARE YOU READY TO GO?
  • 1.10. BLUES FOR PLANET X
  • 1.11. OUR NEW REMIX
  • 1.12. HAIKU- SATURN V
  • 1.13. AS-506
  • 1.14. FLOATING IN BLACKNESS
  • 1.15. HOUSTON
  • 1.16. AFTERBURNER
  • 1.17. OVERVIEW EFFECT
  • 1.18. CHRONOSTASIS
  • 1.19. GALACTIC STAR
  • 1.20. I AM OVERLOADED WITH MORE TASKS THAN I SHOULD BE DOING AT THIS TIME
  • 1.21. DESIGN
  • 1.22. JUST ONE SYLLABLE
  • 1.23. HAIKU - MARGARET HAMILTON
  • 1.24. MOON BOOTS
  • 1.25. TRANQUILITY BASE
  • 1.26. BUZZ #2
  • 1.27. THE THIRD MAN
  • 1.28. DOWN TO EARTH
  • 1.29. W4EJA
  • 1.30. HAIKU - PASSING THE TORCH
  • 1.31. TRANQUILITY BASS
  • 1.32. ONE STEP
  • 1.33. TILT IN YOUR EYE
  • 1.34. ARMSTRONG'S LAMENT
  • 1.35. THE TWELVE HOUR FOUNDATION
  • 1.36. HAIKU - MAJOR TOM
  • 1.37. SURFACE
  • 1.38. SPLASHDOWN
  • 1.39. LAWS OF MOTION (NARRATED BY DAVID BRAND)
  • 1.40. IT'S ONLY A PAPER MOON