Album Review

Palestine, Charlemagne – “Schlongo!!!Da Luv Drone ” – [Cortical Foundation]

Thurston Hunger   11/11/2005   A Library, CD

When I first listened to this (before reading any of the liner
notes, etc…) my initial thought was this is what churches
should become. No sermonizing wise guys, no proseltyzing from
the pulpit. Just let people sit and think with a larger-than-
life organ sending sound waves through their souls. Reflect.
Then I find out this WAS recorded in a church, and better yet
between the hours of 1:15-2:30 am!! And very well-recorded at
that, aside from a surprise spine-snapping shot at 25:56; was
that someone leaving and letting a door slam? It shattered my
reverie like a bullet…but within time I was able to rebuild
my castle in the air. This piece just seems to accumulate
waves and force and volume and mass, all the while keeping
entropy at bey. That’s I think the spiritual side of this, a
sense of order. With a sound that sustains so well and one
marked by magnificent order , drone is elevated to something
approaching the divine, especially in a world of chaos and
noise (which of course we need as well). Only after 70 minutes
do we feel the veils and keys lift, the vortex thin, and our
feet return to earth. And our minds return to the liner notes,
where we see the man behind the keyboard curtain, a sort of
happy-go-hippy…and the perhaps the key sorceror, engineer
Tom Recchion.

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