Thursday, February 20, 2020

The Lost Stoned Pandas- Tune In Turn On Get Panda’d (WINKLE 39)

This is more or less a Sendelica album with Chris Purdon (Ex-Space Ritual) on synths and Paul (Ex-Curved Air) on violin as guests.  Each side features a long track and it was recorded on a weekend in July 2019 and reassembled by Colin, Marc (Astralasia) and Pete (Sendelica). The opening track, Track Seven you could have heard already on the very rare lathe cut record (only 50 made!) and this opens this album. Quite trippy stuff with spoken words in different languages as the violin creates a dark mood and nice synth sounds. It makes for a quite psychedelic soundscape.  This lasts for over 18mins. Side 2, Track Four (Noah’s March Mix) starts spaced out with cows, birds, and some nice acoustic guitar and bass. Eventually, the full band comes in with the sax taking the lead. Later the violin and cello play some very beautiful lines while the background music is very spacey and floating.  About 13mins in Pedro lays down a very nice guitar solo. Amazing..  I really love this track. So did the wife! Side 3 is a medley of Track 6, 7, 5.. They are not very imaginative with the song titles, sorry.. Although they do give the strange mix names like Yangtze Basin Mix (Track 5). Anyway, this track starts quite uptempo compared to the other tracks with an almost folk rock like vibe with the fiddle. Very hypnotic. By 6 mins it is quite psychedelic and spaced out with some cool synth parts and sounds. Love the stuff Chris is doing on this album.  Around 16mins the track starts to leave the spaced out place and head to higher ground with a new momentum and a return to the hypnotic place it starts. Very cool stuff. Track 3 is another 21 min track that takes up the entire side 4.  A spoken word, some effected keyboards start things off to twist your mind bit.  This one stays pretty trippy and experimental for a long while with a lot of phasing and effects until 8 mins or so when we go into a more high tempo sort of space rock.  By 11mins, the sampled voice is back and a new direction is taken. Phew…. Great ending.

This is a really cool project/album and I hope they make another one. I really enjoyed this one a lot. For sure one to be on the best of 2020 list!

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