listen: “Earth Trumpet VI”
CD, released March 2001.
Laurence Coleman, one member of Volcano the Bear, works solo here in this attack on music. Dark, confusing, and very very strange, this hallucinatory work is a masterpiece of outsider/experimental music.
“There’s a hell of a variety here. The disc blasts off in an avant-space rock realm with repetitive strumming acoustic guitar and piano, that culminates in a freakout including sci fi space synths and a heavy jam bit that recalls early grungy Guru Guru. Think jamming Krautrock meets avant garde experimentalism. There’s also lots of good fun whimsical zaniness making for a collage-like manic run through one brief theme after another. I like the bit where what sounds like a Hammond alternates with crazed space-at-the-circus synth mania and then launches into a raw chamber music segment. Gongs, bells, and more of that gorgeous heavy pulsating Hammond sound continue to crop up as the classic sounds of the 70s meld with a free-wheeling improvisational feel that sees Coleman developing short themes that segue both seamlessly and abruptly from one endless section to the next.” — Jerry Kranitz, Aural Innovations