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Koi Pond - So Higher (2012)


Ciekawe trio z Nowego Jorku eksperymentujące z psychodelicznymi brzmieniami, które zadebiutowało kasetą "Volcano" wydaną w 2008 roku. Kolejne ich wydawnictwo to właśnie "So Higher", album wypełniony bez reszty ciężkim jammowaniem, konkretny oraz wciągający styk improwizacji i solidnie zagranej psychodelii.



Koi Pond is comprised of 3 friends who get together when the time is right to do what is known to many band participants as “jamming”. This term may be a bit harsh on your eyes, but when friends David Aron, Arik Roper and Pete Vogl some together to “jam”, its an epic dense solid session of heavy playing. Koi Pond originally released a cassette on Night People entitled Volcano, which I has the pleasure of happening on to. That limited cassette peaked my interest, sounding like a basement tape from Exmagma or some other lost recording from the mid seventies. After contacting the band to find out this is a one-off project between friends, I coerced the trio into reuniting for a recording, which became So Higher, a recording of 2 side dimensions between locked Krautrock groove with washes of synth exploration. Side two is a very different affair, more improvised heavy jamming comprised of solid bass line, dubby drumming and heavy psych guitar workouts. Those same elements from the cassette “jams” are there, but more focused and sonically represented. At times side A showcases a beastly resemblance to Monster Magnets 25 - Tab mixed with Spacemen 3, side B on the other hand, is a journey unto its own... 

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