Electric Moon - "Lunatics"
(Nasoni Records 2010, 101-2)
From Aural Innovations #41 (October 2010)
Sula Bassana is back with yet another new band and project. This one features himself on all the instruments except the bass (Lulu, his girlfriend and the one who does the very cool artwork) and Pablo Carneval (Interkosmos, The Blowing Lewinsky) on drums. The CD is mostly instrumental music and long tracks that are mostly improvised jams that Dave then layers on the instruments he could not play on top of the guitar. The opening track is a bit of a psychedelic garage rock jam track with the dominant organ at the beginning of the track and then Sula goes for some extended guitar workouts. Lunatic is next and nearly 12 minutes long. It starts a bit slower and the guitar has a more dirty texture. A slowly building psychedelic monster. About 3 minutes in a new guitar part comes in on the right channel and these build up together. The track nearly slows to a stop mid-way through as Dave spaces out on two guitar tracks and then it picks up. Reminds me of old Guru Guru somehow. A bit too much just riffing and not enough solos on this track for itís length. Brain Eaters is a 19 minute track that has a more upfront and punchy drum sound compared with the previous tracks and the guitar is more psyched out (lots of flanger, phazer, wah) as the band takes off for space in this long journey (jam). Hotel Hell is only 5Ĺ minutes long and starts very slow and spacey and Lulu sings in time with the organ that dominates this totally different spaced out and melodic track. Moon Love is 23 minutes and closes this 79 minute record. The track is very slow to start and begins with some whispered vocals with some delay and effects on them and nice spacey guitar. Around 10 minutes the guitar and bass become a bit more intense as the jam really builds up. Sula plays around with some very long delays at times with great effect and they really psych out on this ending number. The vinyl edition will be missing the first two tracks on this CD, just to let you know. A very fine psychedelic journey that takes us further into the musical cosmos of Sula Bassana.
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Reviewed by Scott Heller