Set and Setting

Set and Setting

by Bardo Pond
     
 

Altered States 101 isn't a prerequisite to diving into the equilibrium-defying psychedelia conjured up by this Philly-bred aggregation -- although it wouldn't hurt to at least check out the Cliff's Notes version of the Physician's Desk Reference. Bardo Pond is decidedly old-school in its approach to other dimensions of sound, piling effect upon lysergic effect,… See more details below

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Altered States 101 isn't a prerequisite to diving into the equilibrium-defying psychedelia conjured up by this Philly-bred aggregation -- although it wouldn't hurt to at least check out the Cliff's Notes version of the Physician's Desk Reference. Bardo Pond is decidedly old-school in its approach to other dimensions of sound, piling effect upon lysergic effect, shaking and stirring the bottom end to ensure that no real solid ground exists in drone-dreams like "Lull" and "Crawl Away." SET AND SETTING -- the title itself is culled from a seminal book chronicling the LSD experience -- ups the ante of the quintet's previous releases, subjugating individual tones to the glory of the whole. Imagine a less pop-centric version of Spiritualized, or perhaps a through-the-looking-glass snapshot of My Bloody Valentine's unrealized evolution, and you'll get a notion of what's going on here. The thickets of sound aren't off-putting, however. On the contrary, they're quite beautiful, particularly when singer-flutist Isobel Sollenberger wafts to the fore.

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All Music Guide
The broken-down blues of Bardo Pond might just alter the world. The cilia-pulling strains of Set and Setting become utterly more infectious with each new spin. It's as though Bardo Pond is tugging the earth into their psychedelic orbit without anyone's knowledge or consent. The band is at their most effective on instrumental cuts like "Datura" and the violin-based "Cross Current." Here, sounds get their most stretched out and visual. On the whole, Set and Setting is another cohesive step forward, a slow parade of seductive experimentation and noise that crawls on rock's foundation and doesn't care what anyone thinks. This description could also apply to some of Sonic Youth's better music. Imagine then, Sonic Youth strewn across the desert on blotter acid; Set and Setting probably sounds something like that. ~ Matthew Kantor

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Release Date:
08/10/1999
Label:
Matador Records
UPC:
0744861036425
catalogNumber:
10364

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