Koi Pond – “So Higher” – [Sonic Meditations]
Koi Pond is a three piece of psych rock shroomy jammers from NYC. The record you hold in your hand is a limited pressing of only 300, which comes in one of the most beautiful silk screened record sleeves are you likely to lay your hands on. Go ahead, stop reading the review and take a look at the artwork attached to this record. This should give you a pretty good idea of what you will be getting into when you drop the needle on this artfully crafted piece of vinyl meditation. These tracks are grown from a thick forest of sound which pulsates, decays, engulfs and envelopes. These are dense, black hole improv jams from far out in space, which help the label Sonic Meditations live up to its name. The sounds here echo of kaut rock and perpetuate any psychedelic inclinations you may or may not have. This record is full of musical meanderings to itch your scratch for sonic exploration.
Side A is a massive joyride which kicks off with the hum of a synth that builds and resonates for about three minutes before the drums kick in and the jam drops. As the bass line holds the groove, the synthesizer bubbles, oscillates and tickles all your happy buttons. Like a 20 minute cruise on a spaceship orbiting venus. Side B consists of shorter tracks, which almost play like a side long. This is where you will find the face-melters. The introduction brings things in with some warped samplage which loops, skips and distorts before descending into massive jam. This whole side contains throbbing, fuzzed out, epic, improvised, carlton melton-bardo pond- style riffage. Complete with a healthy dose of schizophrenic guitar solo and all kinds of heavy. There is no going wrong here. Drop the needle anywhere and give in to these ear bending daydreams. -Surfer Rosa
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