about this release
two edited live sets from two of the best bands at 2004's audioscope festival, an annual charity event held in oxford to raise money for Shelter, the UK homeless charity. leeds' finest vibracathedral orchestra deliver a sprawling, spiritual, free rock freak-out, while indie legends the telescopes head off into deep space, their mesmerising drone'n'howl set culminating in significant holes being powerdrilled into guitar pickups.
opaque blue 10" vinyl EP, hand numbered edition of 500. each record comes with a genuine piece of the audioscope banner used as a stage backdrop during the gig. all proceeds from the sale of the record will be donated to Shelter.
The Vibracathedral side is one of their weirdest to date, with the usual celestial rainbow tones abandoned in favour of a huzz of analogue electricity and some garbled Northern vocal ritual from Neil Campbell. The Telescopes side is even more oblique, with the kind of subtle guitar interrogation that fuelled Dean Roberts-led projects like Thela and White Winged Moths extended into new zones of drone. It's a good pairing, making the package a keeper.
David Keenan, The Wire
I'm made up today, totally chuffed to bits, because I'm sat right here holding in my hand (while the other hand is furiously typing) a beautiful blue vinyl 10" record featuring one of my favourite ever bands, sent to me by the good people from Fourier Transform. I really am a sucker for this kind of stuff. I've never actually owned any blue vinyl up to this point, my only coloured vinyls being the garishly assorted pink, red and yellow coloured vinyl punk singles you'd come to expect from punk bands from the 80s and a Stone Roses 'Fools Gold' gold vinyl 12" which isn't actually gold at all but yellow. A fool? Indeed I was... The only blue vinyl I have ever seen prior to this was a 7" Mr Blue Sky by ELO which I once saw in my uncle's record collection. Curiosity got the better of me and I played it and was left severely emotionally damaged by the experience, which pretty much explains why I'm like I am now. It very nearly put me off music for life, but not quite...
Fourier Transform pride themselves on putting out their favourite music in beautifully and unusually packaged limited editions. They believe that music should look as good as it sounds. Make no mistake - this is a record made by record geeks for record geeks like myself - I can totally relate to and can completely understand where these guys are coming from. I always well reckoned myself until my girlfriend pointed out that I am a total nerd when it comes to records. I mean, I can actually remember b-sides of obscure punk and 60s garage records, yet cannot possibly remember what happened yesterday. Fucked up isn't it? Makes me wonder what I could do if I put my brain to good use, but alas I have come to fully accept that I am a record spotter (although I don't own an anorak - not yet anyway) and I don't care, because I've got a 10" blue vinyl and you my friend, haven't! Are you jealous?
Anyway, enough about the packaging, and let's get on to the main point of this review - the content. After all it's no good having a blue vinyl record if the music on it sucks (cf: ELO). Well I can tell you on good authority that the music does not suck at all, in fact far from it. The record features edited sets from Vibracathedral Orchestra and The Telescopes from last years Audioscope festival on October 2nd 2004. The show also featured a headline performance from the legendary Damo Suzuki of Can. I actually missed this show because I was out of the country at the time, but thanks to Fourier Transform I can now listen to what went on and those of you who did go can now relive the experience. The Vibracatheral Orchestra side is a total drone-trance freakout of the highest order. At times it sounds like it's submerged in water with submarine sounds going off and I'm totally hypnotized by the repetitive drone - I'm already regretting my decision to take a holiday while this was going on. The Telescopes side heads off into spaced out territory with Household Objective #3. Anyone who has been fortunate enough to see the Telescopes on their recent tour will know exactly what to expect from this - innovative improvised explorations of sound of which only the Telescopes know how. This show culminated in guitar pick-ups being drilled to buggery - essential stuff!
You don't have to believe me - check it out for yourself. If it's not enough to have a beautifully packaged (the cover - I swear you can trip out off the cover. I get dizzy when I look at it too much...) piece of musical history in your hands (complete with a piece of the Audioscope banner), you can also help those less fortunate then yourselves. The proceeds of this record are going to homeless charity Shelter, and if that's not a good cause then I don't know what is. If only Band-Aid could have looked/sounded like this. This record is limited to just 500 copies... buy it NOW... don't go crying when it's sold out! Remember these people are providing a valuable service - we need labels like this - make sure you support them!
Scott Causer, Lost Music