Holy Family - The Holy Family CD

So, while this album is hugely different from being an album by Guapo, it contains all of the current members of Guapo (David Smith, Kavis Torabi, Emmett Elvin & Sam Warren and was worked on by Guapo’s long-time engineer/mixer Antti Uulsmaki. Jes’ saying!

“The debut album by The Holy Family has arrived to bewitch and delight. The scope of ‘The Holy Family’ is bound- less. It’s an intrepid voyage through sound-worlds, as This Heat-esque polyrhythms, spidery zeuhl, oceanic kosmische, blissful Robert Wyatt-via-Talk Talk-esque pastoral and even Lalo Schifrin-esque celluloid-score tension are visited in search of some greater universal truth.
Yet all of these stylistic forays are married with relentless dream logic into one unifying kaleidoscopic vision. The aesthetic of The Holy Family evolved naturally via first improvisation and then a very meticulous crafting of the raw material.
Recording sessions involved Smith and his cohorts - includ- ing longtime collaborators Kavus Torabi, Emmett Elvin, Sam Warren and Michael J. York - retreating to “an old house in the country well stocked with the requisite fine wines and jazz cigarettes” to lay down tracks that were then sculpted into their eventual form by Smith and engineer/mixer Antti Uuismaki, for approval and final overdubs from the rest of the collective.
Mercurial and mystical yet charged with primal energy, this is a classic double album as forum for chimerical experimentation - shifting in form and structure every time it travels from the record racks to the stereo, and revealing yet more psychic landscapes with each listen.”
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I bought this first time it was available....and even in this relisting one thing NOT mentioned is that Kavis Torabi is now a member of GONG, and that might more point to the sound that is here? It's not that this sounds like Flying Teapot,...but it certainly might point to the spacious trippy elements floating around here! The lyrics are darker than Gong's....but the weird off angle elements of world music (other-world music?) are like a mutant off-shoot of the "new Gong" . A good album that grows on the listener....not a Gong clone , but an edgier, younger Freak Rock.
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