Album Review

Fourth World Magazine Vol. II Presents – “Pinhead In Fantasia” – [Pacific City Sound Visions]

lexi glass   9/25/2016   12-inch, A Library

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Fourth World Magazine is the project of Spencer Clark (Black Joke, Monopoly Child Star Searchers, Vodka Soap, one half of The Skaters, with James Ferraro). This 2014 release includes a 12″ LP and a magazine with stills from an accompanying film by Amy Roselynn Faust and an essay by David Keenan (Wire contributor and co-proprietor of Volcanic Tongue until its closing in 2015). Together, the works draw inspiration from Clark’s dreams to conjure a realm where the cenobytes from Hellraiser are reimagined as benevolent mythological figures chilling in a divine Renaissance tableau. The result is a collection of twisted lost chapters from Disney’s Fantasia. In Faust’s film, “A New Image of Man,” we see Pinhead’s mug, emerging through VHS tracking lines and rainbow haze, superimposed onto images of ancient clay figurines and classical Greek frieze. The LP holds Spencer’s soundtrack – a bewildering pastiche of ceremonial drumming, droning synth chords (T.1), field recordings, synthetic flute and other electronic orchestral sounds (T.2 and T.4), and harpsichord fantasy (T. 3). I hear flashes of The Residents, or even Carlos’ Switched-On series – sounds that are both classical and futuristic, dripping with 70s/80s/90s cheeze yet strangely timeless.

you heard it 20 times on kfjc! most recently:
  • 1383 days ago, Kimbrosia played Pinhead In Fantasia
  • 2087 days ago, Teachers AIDS played Frolicking and Monsters (Harpsichord of Ptolemy)
  • 2093 days ago, Social Norm played Frolicking and Monsters (Harpsichord of Ptolemy)
  • 2096 days ago, Mr. Slippy played Pinhead In Fantasia
  • 2103 days ago, Billie Joe Tolliver played Frolicking and Monsters (Harpsichord of Ptolemy)
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