THE SWORD VOLCANO COMPLEX: PHOSPHORESCENT
CD: Triumvirate [2003]

Honeybees Arrive
The Better Angels Of Our Nature
Phosphorescent
Prepare For Landing
Knocking On Heaven's Door
Sending the Fetch
Falling Cat
The Other Side Of The World
Fire!
Spindogspin
Hercules 2
The Neon Man
Bedtime Stories
Tiger's Milk
Hypnotized (Live)
Under The Paw

Reappraisal time. Many moons ago I bought this cd by TSVC and after hearing it a couple of times dumped it in my collection to gather dust as I thought it sucked big time. Lo and behold, like the proverbial bad penny, I get sent the fuckin thing to review so now have to hear it all again and try and write a balanced review for it.

Well first things first and time to come clean. I was wrong. There, I've said it. It doesn't suck big time. I can only assume my hormones were playing me up or some other lame excuse which I can't be arsed trying to explain away. TSVC is Bruce LaFountain, with a host of friends like Karl Blake and John Murphy, and 'Phoshorescent' is one of the strangest records you'll ever hear. Its nearly impossible to categorise. The nearest thing I can think of that could come close would be to describe it as a quasi experimental, neo ambient, spoken word, weirdness piece. Even that doesn't do it full justice. Take for example their cover of 'Knocking on Heaven's Door'. If I hadn't read the back cover I wouldn't have guessed in a million years what the hell the song was. Deconstructed and pieced back together in a way the Residents would have been proud of it sums up the very ethos of what this record is about. Voices squealing through helium, voices used for backbeats, voices as choirs it's all here along with conventional musical instruments for your entertainment.

Damn strange but damn fine at the same time. I just can't fathom out what the fuck I was thinking of the first time I dismissed this so out of hand. Please don't make the same mistake I did and be prepared to be amazed if you do go out and buy this.

ANM

[The Sword Volcano Complex] / [Triumvirate]

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