Van der Graaf Generator - Alt (Mega Blowout Sale)
The third studio release since VDGG came back from their 30 year slumber. This one is quite different, as it is a selection of experiments and improvisations. As Peter says, "Most of the music on "ALT” was made while we weren't really looking, or perhaps only while the left side of our collective brain was engaged. The album is a mixture of improvisations recorded at sound checks and in the studio and more considered sonic creations which often verge on Musique Concrete. The fourteen pieces here offer a fascinating glimpse into an alternative Van der Graaf Generator sound world. Perhaps the closest comparison would be with the second CD of "Present", but even the link with those recordings is tenuous. Even by Van der Graaf Generator standards, this stuff's at the wacky end of the scale!". It's actually a pretty strong set, just....very, very different. Think of it as VDGG's "Loops and Reels" (long time PH fans know the reference) and you'll dig what's being offered here.