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Ka-Spel, Edward: Dream Logik Part One

From the disturbing artwork preserved in a handsome book-like digipak, minimalist effects, creepy dialogue, rhythmic industrial and electronic noises, and atonal synth sounds that characterize Dream Logik Part One, it's clear that Legendary Pink Dot Edward Ka-Spel has once again fused together his twenty-somethingth album of twisted, tormented and tedious sonic experimentation. It's a pure solo record, with Ka-Spel handling everything from all instrumentation to "found sound." But just how listenable this collection of nine aurally manipulated songs is remains open to debate —although, with a running time of 56 minutes, the record gradually becomes hypnotic.

If this music represents the kind of logic that runs through Ka-Spel's dreams — the voice in "Laughing Gas," for example, sounds like a mentally challenged, all-grown-up version of E.T. — imagine the dementia that pervades his nightmares.

Track Listing
1) Threshold
2) Harvester
3) Good Life
4) Backyard
5) And the Stars
6) The 9 o'clock Train to Oblivion
7) Laughing Gas
8) Doughnut
9) Revolution 834

Added: September 26th 2007
Reviewer: Michael Popke
Related Link: The Legendary Pink Dots/Edward Ka-Spel
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Ka-Spel, Edward: Dream Logik Part One
Posted by Pete Pardo, SoT Staff Writer on 2007-09-26 18:30:58
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Dream Logik Part One is one serious head trip from the mind of former Legendary Pink Dots frontman Edward Ka-Spel. This guy has had a pretty prolific career as far as releasing albums go, and this new one here follows along similar paths to what we have come to expect from him. Loads of beeping, buzzing, and bubbling keyboards float around the mix, while Edward's eerie, often times spoken work vocalizations pop in and out. Many of the songs here are short little ditties that don't really amount to much, so it's the longer pieces that you'll want to pay attention to, namely the Syd-era Pink Floyd influenced "Backyard", a sound effects nightmare of ominous noises, clicks, and clacks, and "The 9oçlock Train To Oblivion", which could almost be the soundtrack to some late night adult cartoon. Ka-Spel's selection of synth tones is pretty good throughout, and despite the fact that some of this sounds like incoherent noise, keyboard & synth gear heads should revel in some of the wild sounds he puts into this recording. The bizzarro "Laughing Gas" is certainly something to check out while you are taking a hit of your favorite bong, and "Revolution 834" comes across as a piece of music that you could see some 60's hippie putting together a wacky claymation movie to (sort of what Frank Zappa used to like noodling in back in the day). Overall though, this is some pretty out-there stuff that will probably have a very limited audience, but if you can appreciate avant-garde material that hints at some of the weirder moments of Pink Floyd, Tangerine Dream, and Zappa, you might find something of interest here.

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