Album Review

Vagusnerve – “Go Back to The Sirius” – [Utech Records]

abacus   1/30/2013   A Library, CD

The vagus nerve in human anatomy is responsible for a number of functions, including receiving information from the visceral organs and slowing down heart-rate, keeping it from beating uncontrollably. In KFJC world, this is the experimental drone duo of Li Jianhong on electric guitar and vocals and VAVABOND on laptop and electronics. The science lesson did however, speak to the effect these three 20 min pieces had, forcing me into a deep trance as they evolved. In a way, they speak to the evolution of universes and galaxies in general, and the expansion and contraction specifically. The first piece, the lighter more floaty of the three, goes star hopping across the astral plane with an intergalactic guitar goliath guiding the way, wailing away in the upper register as he’s slowly sucked through a black hole accompanied by the interdimensional ghosts of nowhere. We emerge in a new world entirely on an undulating merry-go-round of warped orbits (track 2). To circular circus melodies ghostly whale apparitions twirl around and around up and down backwards and forwards as does the mutant ringmaster beckoning forth into the next wormhole, introducing a whole race of disfigured aliens. Don’t get too comfortable though, as the rubber band snaps and we’re pulled back towards the center (track 3) flying at hyperspeed through galaxies at such a blistering velocity we’re gradually torn apart, with only the great guitar gods to bring us peace. “It is the DNA of our universe, and some day we will all be a part of it.

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