Ambient Sunday gets psychedelic with: Death Hags, The Heartwood Institute and Panamint Manse, and Drew Mulholland #Ambient #Psyche #Electronic #Experimental @Death_Hags @CastlesInSpace

Not the usual Ambient Sunday today. This time it’s all awkward ambient experimentalism from Death Hags, The Heartwood Institute and Panamint Manse, and Drew Mulholland.

Death Hags is from Los Angeles and describes themselves thus, “a musical hermit flying low on super earth.” Well, luckily for us they’ve come out of the hermit’s cave or down from the column long enough to provide Life Of A Space Tree from which featured track Moonrise is taken. I suspect they won’t be best pleased at me picking one track since the album is supposed the be heard as a continuous track. The album was, “Inspired by space sounds recorded by NASA and the question – do plants grow in space?”

Anyhow, Moonrise acts as the opening to the album. It’s a spectral, slightly sinister set of Ambient sounds. All drones, tension and plucked string effects. It has an unsettling, eerie quality perfect for an unearthly dawn. Over two minutes it gradually sucks you into the album. The rest is as good a space ambient album as I’ve heard in many a long year.

And so two two albums from the rather wonderful Castles In Space label from The Heartwood Institute and Panamint Manse, and Drew Mulholland.

The Heartwood Institute and Panamint Manse offer Parapsychedelia. Jonathan Sharp of The Heartwood Institute and Wayne P. Ulmer of The Panamint Manse join forces to create this strange album of unearthly, organic electronic music. There’s a mix of post rock and electronic on featured track Clairvoyeurism. And even some of Raymond Burr’s deep reassuring voice. But also a slightly warped edge like the sounds your old tape recorder made when the tape was stretched from overuse or the batteries were going.

Listen to more here

Drew Mullholland is from Glasgow in Scotland. I’d not heard of him before but apparently, “Drew Mulholland has been hailed as the ‘avant-garde godfather of hauntology and psychogeography’. He is the creative force behind the cult band Mount Vernon Arts Lab.” Which is nice.

The album is Warminster UFO Club. It takes its name from a town in Wiltshire, England which was the scene of UFO sightings and ‘hearings’ in the 60s and 70s. There’s more about that here.

Featured track Warminster is a twenty minute excursion into the post rock electronic strangeness. Rock drums keep time, space synths ping around, and electronics fizz with SETI static. The track was written and recorded with Adrian Utley and was originally released on CD in Summer 1999. The version here has been remixed and remastered. It’s an almost symphonic experience as it takes in several movements of varying intensity. Some come with tense strings and others with low down drones.

As they say in MiB “15 minutes ago, you knew that humans were alone on this planet. Imagine what you’ll know tomorrow.”

~ by acidted on April 25, 2021.

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