Constellation has long been about statements, whereby “A liquid of infinite blackness exists at the center of the Iris; a place where each idea forms a ripple; where each idea grows and dies within the confines of an instant… Journey of Mind can take you there”. It’s very true. Across a spectrum satiating 15 minutes the rat poison is removed, the animal tames itself through intelligence, and it feels even on the first steps we’re listening to soda crystals erupt from the damp patches. A periphery to make pure the wounds of old; it soothes our con-fuse.
Of the two tracks, “Essential Oil” is the only one to bring to mind other collectives – Grumbling Fur’s “Furrier” LP, of “Under Fur Moon” psychedelia. No bad thing, and textures here then veer to a Shaula-like richness, recalling Under The Spire’s catalogue at its best. The chords are stricken out in larger clusters, sounding as if recorded in an underwater chamber, reverberating through a plug of yellow light. The colour of friendship, springing imaginal; the whole process, when all is done, welcomes you back in for another 15 minute therapy vaunt.
“It’s not a matter of chasing sensations, but welcoming those which come to us legitimately, and directing them towards the goals we aspire to.” ~ Michel Quoist, With Open Heart.
– Mick Buckingham for Fluid Radio