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Silver Tongue Sisyphus

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Cloudland Canyon

Silver Tongue Sisyphus

12" LP

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The first Cloudland Canyon release for kranky was recorded in Brooklyn, Germany and Memphis. It follows on the heels of the well received Requiems Der Natur 2002-2004 album released on the Tee Pee label. Silver Tongued Sisyphus is a secular call to prayer with humming, looping and loping ambient passages interspersed with bursting rhythmic energy and agitated guitar lines. Recent live shows have sounded like an unauthorized soundtrack to netherworld versions of The Swimmer or The Scorceror. Pulling influences from the foggy ether of generations past, Cloudland Canyon has staked their claim to the shadows of cult musical culture of the late 1960's and early 1970's German underground scene.


Though Cloudland Canyon's debut album Requiems Der Nature 2002-2004 was released late in 2006, for this two-track, 23-minute EP the band's sound has changed drastically. Whereas the former disc was saturated in post-Krautrock and psychedelic sonics via blasting guitars and rumbling basses amid the drum loops and other electronic textures they were able to weave around them, Silver Tongued Sisyphus reveals something far subtler. This is not to say that the guitars are gone, they are just used more sparingly -- and when used, they peel paint. Cloudland Canyon have collaborated with numerous artists on their travels across the United States and Europe, the influence of other electronic acts is pronounced, most notably Lichens'. The dreamy soundscape that introduces "Dambala" is reminiscent of Cluster but spookier, reedier, yet somehow warm all the same. There is no pulse, but there is a circular theme that leaves and returns throughout its eleven-and-a-half minutes. The 12-minute title track is something else again. It too begins quietly, using space and ambient textures, but after two minutes that begins to change, and restrained feedback, drums, and guitars enter the picture in earnest. Brief singing enters in a droning minor key before the squall begins. It's controlled but it's dynamic, and as spacy as anything Hawkwind ever did, and has that same taut rhythmic sense they employed even as the music begins to sprawl and leak all over the place. It's killer, sampled horn lines are used dub-wise in the middle to color things further, and it becomes a full-on space rocker, full of transcendent psychedelia before winding its way down again, all gradually, seamlessly, elegantly. One can only call this "spirit rock," because of its floating nature which nonetheless retains an element of the earth in its utterance.

Additional Information

Artist Cloudland Canyon
Track Listing 1 Dambala - 11:34 2 Silver Tongued Sisyphus - 11:58

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