Lunar Eclipse

Lunar Eclipse

by Tom Carter


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Lunar Eclipse

Tom Carter is basically a guitarist and Robert Horton is -- well, something else. This is the list of "instruments" Horton is credited with playing on this album: boot, bowed boot (an important distinction), computer, vibrator, electric toothbrush, slinky, electric barometer, voice, snare drum, percussion, Casio MT-68, computer, field recordings, noise-cancelling headphone-microphones, harmonica, and, er, "sex machine." Whether all of this information leads you to approach the album with glee or deep foreboding will say a lot about your musical personality. Connoisseurs of noise who approach it with cautious interest will be well rewarded. Carter and Horton favor dark, complex, and carefully constructed drones over hellacious racket, and though the sounds get downright creepy from time to time, they are never less than fascinating. The title track is perhaps the darkest and creepiest, with a clangorous guitar right in the center of its swirling vortex; "Hunter's Moon" starts out sounding like a street fight between Einstürzende Neubauten and the crew of the Starship Enterprise -- pots and pans versus phaser guns. But then things suddenly quiet down and the dominant sound is a surprisingly elegant E-Bowed guitar. The quiet but tense, almost fearful "Equinoxium" gives way to the equally quiet but more cheery "Through Earth's Shadow," and both "During Totality" and "Set the Clocks Back" feature the kinds of guitar sounds that you might get if you locked Robert Fripp in the cellar and fed him only potato chips for a week. (That's a compliment.) If you must have melody and rhythm, then this disc is not for you. But for those with patient and adventurous ears, this album is well worth seeking out.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/04/2005
Label: Important Records
UPC: 0793447506920
catalogNumber: 69

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tom Carter   Primary Artist,Guitar,Electric Guitar,E-bow,Lap Steel Guitar
Robert Horton   Drums,Keyboards,Vocals
Robert Horton   Harmonica,Percussion,Vocals,Snare Drums

Technical Credits

Robert Horton   Artwork,Back Cover,Cover Art,Field Recording

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