6. Comets ov Cupid – “Scorpius” (July, 2017)
In preparation of a long-awaited physical release, North Dakota transplant Jason Kesselring offers up another single self-produced six-string divination.
I have to admit outright that Jason is probably my favorite active guitarist in the Twin Cities at moment, and that fact is going to color my opinion, inside, outside, and inbetween all the lines. Nobody else around towns takes the guitar into the territories he does, not quite; and when he’s not slinging celestial lightning bolts with Thunderbolt Pagoda, Kesselring builds and destroys worlds with his main solo gig as Comets ov Cupid.
Fed by King Crimson, Neu!, and the Hubble Telescope, “Scorpius” rides a slide guitar glides through a spacial swara of feedback, never quite beginning or ending. Kesselring has a pronounced talent for building atmosphere, and his latest blueprint is already looking strong and sultry. I’m to understand a full-band release is quietly under construction at moment. So until you and I can get our grubby earthen paws on that piece of stardust, “Scorpius” and its seven-month-separated sibling “Unicursal Hexagram” will have to do for now.
An exhibition of original paintings by Minneapolis artist Roger Williamson set to live music by Comets Ov Cupid. Saturday August 3rd 2013. Exhibit runs through Sunday August 25th. 2013
Skye Klad – s/t
Skye Klad is a Minneapolis based spacerock band founded in 1996 by guitarist Jason Kesselring. At the beginning, his first goal was to play a kind of experimental hypersonic fusion illustrated by the first recordings of the band entitled “Atmospheric disturbances” and “Extreme vacuum person” which have appealed to both fans of space rock and experimental music over their early years. From now on, with lots of reminiscences of their previous recordings, this self titled album (recorded in 2000) covers a space rock along which various but important influences appear: industrial vibes, psychedelia, noisy waves as well as a quite strong dramatic touch on some of the vocals.
They have in common with almost all the space rock bands the sonic adventurous guitar parts and some shooting stars keyboards which lead their music to a swirling and echoing dimension ( the 60’s influenced “Mind’s eye”, “Toxaphene”, “Visceral Reaction”). The first three tracks are some typical direct space rockers where Skye Klad light up their turbo boosters ( “Mind’s eye”, “Vespers”, “Killer goodnight” ). Even if during such tracks as “Killer goodnight”, “Debutante”, “Visceral reaction” they develop a fuzzier sound, the mechanical indeed even the robotic edge they create ( “Debutante”, “Toxaphene” ) reminds me more of some Chrome or Pressurehed’s stuff. Of course it’s not as rough as the quoted bands but it shows how much Skye Klad was influenced by some psychedelic urban music. In another way, a song as “Falling clear” could also easily please some of the stoner rock fans by its doomy guitar riff which is surrounded by all the signs that apocalypse is on its way. The filtered vocals are here to accentuate both spaced out and gloomy sensations coming from the songs. ( “Ionosphere”, “Toxaphene”,” Visceral reaction”, “Falling clear” ).
“Ionosphere”, the cover of Low’s “Sleep at the bottom”or “Amber” show another side of the band which is deeply more influenced by ambient induced music. These numbers are some quite long excursions through space which combine heavy guitars with some cosmic waves built upon various synths layers or noisy droney walls. That’s where the declaiming vocals bring a quite astonishing touch to some of the tracks which slightly move onto darker realms but always keeping their hypnotic structures, as if listeners and musicians themselves were both attracted by a black hole. ( ” Amber”). Covering Space Rock music in different shades, this album is highly recommended for a pretty intense voyage through the unknown. A dark future is rising.
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