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The Sword Volcano Complex - Phosphorescent [CD]  6.00EUR 

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From FluxEuropa.com : Karl Blake, that great hulking Satyr of whatever it is we choose to refer to this particular music scene as, opens the latest album from The Sword Volcano Complex with a manipulated spoken word delivery. It's also his face that adorns the cover of Phosphorescent so it would be reasonable to surmise that the SVC is a vehicle of his, whereas in fact it is Bruce LaFountain that is at the helm and responsible for gathering together Blake, John Murphy, Jeremy Reed and a host of others to produce this new offering. Now I could be accused of bias here, as I am acquainted with a few of the participants on this release and also provided a little photographic assistance with the booklet. At this time I had not heard any of SVC's material and so asked around thus - "How would you describe them?" I uniformly received the response that it was impossible to sum up their sound, as it was so diverse. This is something reflected in this current release, something possibly caused (in part at least) by the disparate line-up. Indeed, the songs themselves seem at first listening to bear little relation to one other, almost as if forming a compilation album, but it becomes more apparent that there is a definite thought-stream behind the album and one which presumably leads LaFountain to seek-out and work with the like minded souls. Perhaps adding to this false sense of the unrelated, vocals are delivered by five different voices, including LaFountain himself and a rare spoken word delivery from John Murphy, including what sounds like an answer phone message - all generally over a mixture of organic sounds (chimes, woodland ambience etc) and electronics, from which a tune will occasionally emerge before giving way to a vocal centre point. There's even a little Karl Blake electronic guitar for your money too, on the live track ‘Hypnotized’ which is an almost poppy sounding number and makes it stand out from the rest of this brooding album. In summation then - definitely music to hear in the dark and definitely to be heard as a whole in one sitting. If I had to make a comparison, this does remind me of Hybrid's Music for Rituals CD with the added benefit of some fine spoken pieces. Which is no bad thing. MARC BLACKIE – 14 March 2003
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