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    Numinous Eye – “Clockwork Moon” – [Nod and Smile Records]

    numinous_clockwork
    Numinous Eye return to KFJC’s library after physically returning to
    the pit recently chaperoning and jamming with Junzo Suzuki. Fans of
    the galactic guitar space jams, dripping trippy effects will be
    pleased. But folks looking for more song structure will enjoy Mason
    Jones’ interlocking guitar pieces that stumble in precision on
    tracks like “As You Like It” and “Building Dreams.” Something about
    those tight propelling riffs and Mike Shoun’s open freeway drumming
    hit me in old and Neu places. Kool Krautrock kicks and Hallo Gallo
    flashbacks! Mason adds some subliminal vocals, hushed and relaxed.
    Mike’s drumming, more than motorik is the secret sauce here, as well
    as on recent Thee Oh Sees releases. (Well I thought for them it was
    the echo plex as well). This ‘s a full sound for two guys, plus
    bassist Stoo Odom on the B-side opener and closer. The former,
    “Reduced to Ash” has some nice goopy, stringy guitar slinging by
    Mason. And he gets a kind of sitar strain on “Dreaming in the Dusk.”
    The closer, “Will You Let It Fade” pilots for the center of the
    eternal jam. Two other quick sidebars, the album image is a great
    found photo of a “Numinous Eye” of sorts. And Mason needs some kind
    of KFJC commendation for decades of ambassador work building a
    link to the Japanese underground. Hoping he can help KFJC
    line up our first China connection for a live broadcast in 2013.

    -Thurston Hunger

  • Reviewed by Thurston Hunger on December 12, 2013 at 11:27 pm
  • Filed as 12-inch,A Library
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