Album Review

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

Thurston Hunger   12/12/2013   12-inch, A Library

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

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