Dave Clark & Walter Drake ‎– The Tibetan Book Of Heads / At The Drive-In A Road Grader

Evolutionary Music ‎– 04



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May 17, 2012
"The Tibetan Book Of Heads" side opens with "Caverna Industriala" - a slow moving piece which seems to conform to structure. It's a very wet slow beat over which throbbing, humming bass tones, indistinct, indescribable lead keyboards and assorted sounds, all blended together with surprising subtlety. "A Steampowered Mind Elavator" enters with factory noises which are joined by other sounds in machine-like structure. "A Traveler's Journal Found In The Mountains" begins with wonderful haunting subtlety before the main mass of cycling sounds joins in. DRAKE's 12-string guitar pulls off a good sitar impression & it welds together a little like the "Nosferatu" soundtrack - repeating, yet somehow changing, progressing. It takes a long time winding down to it's conclusions, travelling through a strange non-beat piece of music. "Reading From A Hidden Light Source" is a close-to-the-microphone-sounding piece of music - fragmented in it's rigid structure of ripples and mellow sounds. The guitar is upfront and tireless in it's meanderings. It eventually submits and allows a huge sounding piece - presumably "Mining For New Harmonic Characteristics" to fade in - a little like a hollow New Age WHITEHOUSE with benign sounds rather than malign ones. "Hibernation Very Slowly Comes To An End" fades in on light-grey sounds before being taken over by a regular-yet-off-beat rhythm over which strange improv keyboards are played to great effect. This is music for Drug-Free-Junkies! The track metamorphosizes, albeit slowly, and all manner of strange sounds join the central 'rhythm'. It concludes on a tangle of guitar akin to it's intro. "A Building Without Windows" is a more composed thing, tense but only a little dark. it forms a slowly cycling rhythm over which eerie echoing electric guitar and synth is played to great effect.
The "At The Drive-In In a Road Grader" side opens with the epic "Hong Kong Twilight", a fairly harsh arid disturbing intro - more bludgeoning blunt object than sharp stab, it has very much an Industrial flavour with what sounds like some slowly grinding metal wheels trundling along in the background while icicles of synth and guitar play sadistic games over the top. It falls into various other loose structures, most of which have a chilling feel to then, a sense of the unreal; the Surreal, penetrating into our otherwise normal dimension. "At The Drive-In In A Road Grader" has a thudding rhythm over a rippling atmosphere of guitar-dense music. It twists and turns in it's own strange series of sounds, folding and unfolding, revealing colours belly-up, face-down and a dozen other ways. "An Unfinished Power Plant" jangles and tangles up the muted guitar while a throbbing Industrial sound works it's way in. This is taken over by a strange sequencer rhythm which plods along until it is joined by all manner of background (& foreground) music. It picks itself up again, creating what is probably the most accessable track on the entire album. "Homage To: Eno And Beer" is a slowly turning track based upon a disjointed sequencer rhythm. Over this meander guitar and synths. It goes off on all manner of jaunts before finally drawing to a conclusion. The next & last track is "Beyond The Hidden Door" which bases itself upon the steady rich twelve string acoustic guitar over which synths, samples and found sounds are played. It's probably a little more varied than the above CD - a little more Industrial, a little less easy. However, it is well worth getting into. I'd like to put a snippit of this onto the compilation CD - look out for it!

Originally reviewed for Soft Watch.