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lauantai 9. syyskuuta 2017

The Fellowship of Hallucinatory Voyagers - This Is No Wilderness

The Fellowship of Hallucinatory Voyagers - This Is No Wilderness is the first solo album by Sendelica guitar wizard Peter Bingham. If you are familiar with Sendelica's more ambient, atmospheric side you sort of know what to expect but this is probably even more emotional and peaceful stuff. Pete has been been aided by Astralasia's Marc Swordfish, Sendelica associates Lee Relfe (sax), Colin Consterdine (synths, drum programming) and Virginia Tate, Lisa Edwards as well as poet Lindsay Smith. The album that will be released at the end of October will be available on various very limited  formats some of which are already sold out on pre-order. The CD box set and LP gift set also include Lindsay Smith's poetry book The Fellowship of Hallucinatory Voyagers - This Is No Wilderness.

"Moonlit Moorings" begins with bird-song that is joined by slow, melancholic strings and a little bit of Lindsay's poetry reading. The track stays very minimal and tranquil all the way and soothes your very soul. "Yr Mor-Forwyn" follows the same path emotionally but also includes guitar and synthesizers. Nice ambient drone. "Lindsay's Yellow House" has more melody, beautiful sax and again some bird-song. Another soothing, cinematic ambient mind-excursion. Starting off with some sounds of thunder, "The Persistant Rower" has a bit more going on with programmed drums and some psych sounds for example. Still rather ambient in nature. "Taith Yr Afon Teifi" is the longest track at 16:10 and has again programmed drums and lots of cool guitar sooloing by Pete as well as hypnotic sequencers. This has a bit of Astralasia vibe I think which is great. All in all, if you enjoy atmospheric, ambient soundscapes done with style and emotion you should really check this out. No hard rocking on this one, just floating and vibing. Can't wait to have the actual vinyl on my record player and the book in my hands! Chill-out bliss.

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