- Fractal 888
1981年にウィスコンシンにて結成された実験的ロック/バンクバンドF/iの中心人物であるRichard Franeckiが、その派生的に立ち上げたバンドVocokesh。オリジナルはF/iの作品としてObuh Recordsより95年にカセットリリース、その後RRRecords、Lexicon Devilからも再発された[Space Mantra]。インダストリアル路線やドラッギーなズブズブ録音を含む、未発表ボーナス4曲を追加した編集再発盤。
2017 Vocokesh new release ! This is not a new "real" album and this is not a reissue. It's another special release but also surely Vocokesh most challenging record ever made !!! Concretely, it's a re-work or a re-doing version of the well acclaimed F/i's classic second album "Space Mantra" (released by RRR Records in 1988). Band leader, Richard Franecki had already started this idea of "re-recording concept" some years ago, when Vocokesh released a new version of F/i first album "Why Not Now?...Alan!" (published by Krauted Mind Records in the box set 6 CDs "Shadows Of Things Past" in 2014).
F/i "Space Mantra" is indeed commonly consider by the aficionados as one of F/i's best albums and what can read on the net by the critics confirmed it: "Space Mantra" perhaps the best F/i's releases, contains a number of humble masterpieces: the epic, ten-minute, Velvet-Underground soudalike "Just To Get Us Off", the pounding raga of "Space Mantra", and the panzer distortion of "This Is The Key". Plus a couple of galactic guitar trips, no-nonsense psychedelia pushed the envelope of the genre in all directions" (Piero Scaruffi). "F/i released their best yet with '88's spectacular Space Mantra LP...and one of the best truly "psychedelic" albums of its time" (Perfect Sound Forever).
At first sight, the Vocokesh bet was risky, but the band has draws the resources necessary and sufficient and demonstrated that they are still on the scene today one of the best pretender to the honorary title of "WARRIORS ON THE EDGE OF LYSERGIC TIME"! The trio in action here, and well experienced after all those years (since 1990) are in a real strong form as shows Franecki's vitality and creativity, literally "stunning" on guitar and electronics alongside of his team members Tom Schnier on bass and Jim Gawelski on drums, it makes no doubt that it's hard to fight with them on this kind of territory...
Both albums have their particularities and in the background both have hints of Krautrock, but do not expected to hear with the Vocokesh "Space Mantra" version the same thing than the F/i original, it's quite different overall, and that keep the interest of the project. The album starts exactly with what I like: an immediate wild and furious long guitar solo on "Just To Get Us Off", like Can "Mother Sky" or like Lou Reed "Sister Ray" (especially that Boston 15.03.1969 live version with this incredible and dreadful guitar attack first 3 minutes!) for rejoin Scaruffi (though I always saw the F/i track closer to Faust "Krautrock" than VU...). "Just To Get Us Off" can summarize itself in fact the whole set and the different approach from the two groups. It includes a meditative sitar-raga-rock "Space Mantra", the shaking-industrial-metallic "Tropic Of Cancer", and notably the terrific psychedelic version of "This Is The Key" an amazing and absolutely haunting trip like a kind of Brainticket's Cottonwoodhill mixed with Nurse With Wound "Registered Nurse Second Coming". At the end, the band deliver here an indisputably much more raw and wild album, and particularly very cleverly mixed !
For the present CD edition, 4 bonus tracks are added making a wonderful suite to this "Invocation of Space..." with this long dark improvisation who can recall Amon Düül 2's "Yeti (improvisation)", Vocokesh's psychedelic vision very high with this fantastic cerebral disturbed extended version re-titled of "The Circles Closes, The Square Explodes" in pure Chrome mood Read Only Memory, and the beautiful perfect ending track "Space Mantra 2" like a mystical cosmic anthem ala Popol Vuh. So, after all, if you haven't found that "Key" of the universe....oops! Go quick contact Alejandro Jodorowsky !
A 66 minutes journey under a simple and deep concept : ALL DIRECTIONS AT THE MAX !!!
The Mothers Of Invention 1969's live track "Underground Freak-Out Music": Frank Zappa announced on stage the track with these words: "This is Underground Psychedelic Acid Rock Freak Out Music". I have no more better word to describe shortly this Vocokesh "Space Mantra", this is yes just : Underground Psychedelic Acid Rock Freak Out Music !
CD version with booklet (12 pages) and liner notes by Jerry Kranitz (Aural Innovations) + Photos.