Hall of Mirrors

Hall of Mirrors

     
 
Some time in the making, Hall of Mirrors is the latest of the many compilations that have emerged over the past decade or so that try to make comprehensive sense of the ever-broadening world of 20th-into-21st century psych/freak/drone rock. Overseen by Mason Jones, whose own band SubArachnoid Space takes a bow on the second

Overview

Some time in the making, Hall of Mirrors is the latest of the many compilations that have emerged over the past decade or so that try to make comprehensive sense of the ever-broadening world of 20th-into-21st century psych/freak/drone rock. Overseen by Mason Jones, whose own band SubArachnoid Space takes a bow on the second disc with "S. F. Eagle," it covers several years, a number of different continents, and approaches ranging from the extreme mind-melting to the calmer -- but with an emphasis on the former. There's no manifesto to the disc beyond a mention from Jones to share 'the quality of the music,' and it's no idle description -- from the start, with a marvelous example of Kinski's extreme motorik style via "Teen Center," Hall of Mirrors aims for a high mark and generally meets it. As a potential introduction to a wide number of bands for unfamiliar listeners, it rivals the legendary Tokyo Invasion, Vol. 1: Cosmic Kurushi Monsters compilation of the mid-'90s, and indeed unsurprisingly, many of the high points come from Japanese bands, whose impact on these styles has only increased with time. Besides the almost inevitable Acid Mothers Temple, with a typically deranged song called "Fire Walk With Us," striking efforts come from compatriots Overhang Party, Uptight and DMBQ, whose "Small Hours" is particularly strong. Veterans of Terrastock festivals and similar gatherings are all over the place -- Abunai!, Bardo Pond, and ST 37 are just some of the more familiar names. Describing each of the highlights would take quite a while, but on the first disc special mention should go to the now-defunct Gravitar, whose "Maybe Ben Hur" is such an awesome display of three-piece feedback and drumming insanity it's almost shocking. On the second, the Primordial Undermind track "Non Servium (Undermind)" might be the sleeper hit, thanks to a dramatic start and a quick, propulsive core rhythm, but Rubble's utterly aggro but completely focused "Grey Baby" isn't far behind.

Product Details

Release Date:
01/25/2005
Label:
Emperor Jones (Rev)
UPC:
0697410276929
catalogNumber:
69

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kris Thompson   Organ,Synthesizer
Dan Parmenter   Bass
Mason Jones   Guitar
Brendan Quinn   Guitar
Joe Turner & The Seven Levels   Drums
ST 37   Track Performer
Bardo Pond   Track Performer
Gravitar   Track Performer
Vocokesh   Track Performer
Farflung   Track Performer
SubArachnoid Space   Track Performer
Abunai!   Track Performer
Fuzzhead   Track Performer
Primordial Undermind   Track Performer
Rubble   Track Performer
Yeti   Track Performer
Escapade   Track Performer
Uptight   Track Performer
Kinski   Track Performer
Acid Mothers Temple   Track Performer
Tarantula Hawk   Track Performer
Overhang Party   Track Performer
DMBQ   Track Performer
Numinous   Track Performer
Transpacific   Track Performer
Dave Cintron   Synthesizer
Higashi Hiroshi   Synthesizer
Atsushi Tsuyama   Bass
Courtney Cater   Bass
John Helwig   Bass,Guitar
Richard Franecki   Bass,Guitar,electronics
Eric Harris   Guitar
Eric Arn   Guitar
Rinji Fukuoka   Guitar,Vocals
Mark Stone   Guitar
Melynda Jackson   Guitar
Kawabata Makoto   Guitar
Paul Casanova   Guitar
Jan Schober   Percussion
Hadley Kahn   Drums
Iwao Yamazaki   Drums
Scott Pickering   Drums
Matt Martinez   Drums
Koizumi Hajime   Drums
Otis Cleveland   Horn
Doug Ferguson   Keyboards
Cotton Casino   Vocals
Tommy Grenas   Track Performer
Stuart McLeod   Track Performer
Michael Esther   Track Performer
Kevin Goldsmith   Track Performer
Yuka Yoshimura   Track Performer
Ryan Kirk   Track Performer
John Ortega   electronics
S.L. Telles   Synthesizer,Bass
Geoff   Guitar,Vox Organ

Technical Credits

Mason Jones   Producer
Hadley Kahn   Producer
Jeramy Koepping   Producer,Engineer
Kawabata Makoto   Producer,Engineer
Len del Rio   Engineer
Paul Snook   Engineer
Lawrence Crane   Engineer
Geoff Streadwick   Engineer
Carlton Crutcher   Engineer,Sequencers
Eric Dyba   Engineer
Chris Forrest   Engineer
Vanessa Arn   Sound Machine
Brian Nelson   Engineer

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