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Legendary Pink Dots, The Gethsemane Option
(Metropolis Records)

By Eric Saeger news@hippopress.com



7/23/2013 - Formed in 1980, this euro-psych band is nowadays based in the Netherlands, where this, the band’s 40th-give-or-take album, was born. They’ve long been cohorts of Cevin Key’s in the Tear Garden project, their interminably drawn-out ambient psychodramatics obviously serving as inspiration for the slower parts of Skinny Puppy’s epic 2004 LP Greater Wrong of the Right, which had freeing intervals of faster tuneage in between the slower … um, things, which I won’t complain about, being that Key was the coordinating force for that album in the first place. Found-sounds in this one include a creaking rocking chair, cartoon bleeps, arrhythmic footsteps and things like that, all of them sliding/melting down the rabbit hole with the rest of it, tape-music-like layers of glitch leading the parade, the Wire-like casual-English-gent vocals of Edward Ka-Spel sitting atop the main float. Obviously a headphone trip, not near as caustic and deathly as Swans, actually quite manageable if you just want to flip yourself out on the drive to Grandma’s. A — Eric W. Saeger





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