Album Review

Altar Eagle – “If I Could Study The Future” – [Eggy]

Thurston Hunger   2/1/2013   A Library, Cassette

It’s one of those comic book crossover things, where Raf
at Eggy hosts the dynamic duo from Digitalis Industries. At
first I assumed it was just a recording by Brad Rose and Eden
Hemming, but online indicates it may be a mixtape? Not much
credit to the sources, it may just be the dabblings of B&E.
Each side runs about 15 mins continuously, with definite
“movements” if you will. Side two uses a great descending
spine-tingling loop (sample?) that reminds me of Marvin Gaye
meets Flowchart. In a cool parallel universe, this serves
trip-hop beats for a weirdo MC to rap over. Side A begins
with a soothing mantra M/F vocal…over a bubbling analog bath
of sounds…voices vanish after 2 mins. After 6.5 minutes in,
a drum machine takes a 5 minute walk through banks of synth.
At 12.5 in, a cool little stacked bass line emerges for frothy
guitar and backwardsian vox. Side B launches Peaking Lights-style
kraut-gaze, that get Tipsy around 4 mins, percolates for a bit,
reprises the opening two-chord float and add some sci-fi flair
around 9:30, vox humana floating like jellyfish in space,
keybubbles and a guitar power up before mantra-vox return saying
“In the crystal seas we’ll sing like the animals
In the trees we swing like we’re holding back everything we know
about why nothing grows”
Can I get an amen? If not, at least a strobe light?!

-Thurston Hunger

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