Primordial Undermind - Last Worldly Bond
Recorded live in front of a studio audeince in 2008, "Last Worldly Bond" is a lush feast for the ears, albeit not an easy feast. This one you need to eat with your fingers, not a fork; Primordial Undermind create soundscapes that drift in and out of a conscious assault on your senses. The least you can do is dig in with gusto.
From the more or less straight psych rock epic "Time Being" to the more abstract and even more epic "I Am Afraid of You" and "Not An Atom That I Can't Feel," the quartet proves themselves quite the sonic alchemists. Meaghan Burke's eerie, angry cello blends in perfectly with Eric Arn's guitar, which in turn adds counterpoint to the electronic pastry served by "Noisemaker" Lukas Scholler. The rhythm section maintains speedy and slow paces depending on where the songs take them; in contrast to the other might racket, their stability almost makes them sound timid, though they clearly are not. Drummer David Schweighart even throws in a horn solo or two.
They are at their most compelling on the slower pieces. "Mind Wasps" and "Wer Tauben Futtert, Futtert Ratten" are dreamscapes that are jittery echoing vehicles for mind-blowing.
Primordial Undermind's stock in trade is in the moment when you jump off the edge of your limits and the unknown is there in all its frightening and life-giving glory. "Last Worldly Bond" is genius that is confident in its next steps even though there are none. Arn and Co. are confident in the creation of their own next steps.
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