Shpongle ‎– Museum Of Consciousness

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Credits

  • Artwork [CD Label Image]Amygdalah
  • Design [Original Mask Sculpture And Other Instruments Designed And Created By]Sat Ram Bradley
  • Design [Sleeve Design]Matt Hughes (4)
  • Drums, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals, Engineer [Engineering], Programmed By [Programming], Producer [Production], Recorded By, Mixed BySimon Posford
  • Flute [Silver Flute], Alto Flute, Vocals, IllustrationRaja Ram
  • Mastered ByKevin Metcalfe
  • Photography ByIan Hunter (3)

Notes

All tracks recorded & mixed at Hallucinogen SoundLabs
Sleeve Design at The Reptile House

Packaged in Digipak with 3D lenticular artwork and 8 page booklet.

℗2013 Twisted Records Ltd
©2013 Twisted Records Ltd

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 630883005627
  • Matrix / Runout: CA TWSCD45 @@
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI LY88 6/20/2013 4:16:24 PM 0000931131
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 1258
  • Label Code: LC 02112

Other Versions (5 of 8) View All

Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
TWSLP45 Shpongle Museum Of Consciousness(2xLP, Album) Twisted Records TWSLP45 UK 2013 Sell This Version
none Shpongle Museum Of Consciousness(7xFile, FLAC, Album, 24b) Twisted Records none UK 2013
none Shpongle Museum Of Consciousness(7xFile, FLAC, Album) Twisted Records none UK 2013
TWSLP45 Shpongle Museum Of Consciousness(2xLP, Album, Ltd, Len) Twisted Records TWSLP45 UK 2013 Sell This Version
TWSCD45 Shpongle Museum Of Consciousness(CD, Album, Unofficial) Twisted Records (4) TWSCD45 Russia 2013 Sell This Version

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timfail

timfail

February 17, 2017
A bit more psytrancey than their other releases but great none the less. Shpongle doesn't really disappoint. Posford is a production genius and i for one can't wait for what he and Raja come up with in the future.
antic

antic

May 9, 2014

Unbeknownst to anyone, Twisted just released Shpongle’s 5th full-length album „Museum of Consciousness”. Their website was last updated in May ’13, they barely reply any posts on the official forum, no newsletter update was sent and the album is only available - as a digital download, limited CD & vinyl(!) - through some obscure web-shop at this moment. But putting all those questionable marketing / sales practices aside - what’s the music like?

If you’ve been following Raj & Simon’s output over the last 18 (!!!) years in their various configurations & collaborations, then you probably won’t be surprised by the sound of the new material. You could hardly mistake it for something other than Shpongle, with all the usual trademarks - stuttery / glitchy singing, exotic musical scales and tempos, variety in terms of mood and pace within single track, swirly synth lines mixed with live instruments sometimes processed beyond recognition, etc. - being well present here. “Museum of Consciousness” draws parallels to all their previous work – from laid back electronica of “Are You Shpongled?”, through guitar-driven noodling of “Nothing Lasts…” to opera-meets-dancefloor of “Ineffable Mysteries…”.

Once again Raj & Simon are joined by group of trusted musicians: Michelle Adamson, Hari Om and - a newcomer to the group - Susan Deyhim lend their vocal talents, Pete Callard contributed his guitar magic, Joe Russo punds the rhythm while Harry Escott provided spine-chilling backgrounds with violins / cellos. Manu Delago is making a comeback as well to play the hang drum on "Ephiphany".

First three tracks (“Fishtank”, “Jellyfish” and “Molecules” if I may shorten the full-length names :)) share similar construction – you've got some atmospheric pads at the beginning, Raj’s flute and/or Michelle / Hari singing, then a bass line giving way to mid-tempo drums. Somewhere in the middle you’d stumble at a bridge section with some guitar and/or eastern-sounding voice, some clever sound manipulations (e.g. genious jazzy flute/trumphet bit in "Jellyfish"), leading to more traditional 4/4 trance ending. Think previous album’s “I Am You” or “No Turn Un-Stoned” and you’re right there.

Next two - “Aquatic Garden” and “Shpongleland” - are reminiscent of their work on 2001’s “Tales of Inexpressible” bordering on mid-tempo world / new age music, with the former featuring some nice singing from Michelle / Hari and native indian chants on top of Twin Peak-esque strings, while the latter is borrowing more aggressive, pulsating bass guitar work of early Younger Brother, mixed with some wah-wah guitar work. Those tracks rely less on lead melodies, but rather focus on building atmosphere and landscape from smaller, background sounds cleverly interwoven throughout the mix.

“Ephiphany” starts with dark strings and horns that would fit right into some fantasy movie pre-battle scene a’la "Lord of The Rings", but then - around 2:00 mark - there’s this genius transformation into something I find reminiscent to James Bond theme music, with all the suspense expressed by few well placed notes. The track speeds up from there, twists & morphs into a full power, bass-heavy tune contrasted with gentle hang-drum melody on top. There's Hari Om’s soft singing in the end, but unfortunately the track ends without any meaningful conclusion - I wouldn't mind 2-3 more minutes of some kind of climax here, especially since the whole album is only 61 minutes long...

The last one - “Amygdala” - takes its time before introducing a homage to Pink Floyd’s “On The Run” (swirly bass/acid sequence), followed by brilliant guitar chords, bass & drums and Raj on flute with his typical, lyrical noodling. This track has a distinct, kind of “goodbye” atmosphere - especially apparent in the final piano solo - and therefore fits right at the end of the album.

All in all, I've found the album quite good but probably not their best. I think electronics part was better on “Are You Shpongled?”, the head-fuck sound trickery was more evolved in “Tales…” and “Nothing Lasts…”, while “Ineffable Mysteries…” - despite being hit & miss sometimes - was much more varied and thus more exciting. This one is more homogeneous, a bit predictable and repetitive - bordering on annoying at times - and probably a bit more danceable than it needs to be. On the other hand this is Shpongle we’re talking about, so the bar is set very high - it’s brilliant music nonetheless, but I was hoping for something more innovative, while I “only” got a new more-of-the-same solid Shpongle album.