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Eight Bells

by Subarachnoid Space

Genre: Avant Garde: Psychedelia
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Lilith
5:18 album only
2. Hunter Seeker
13:31 album only
3. Akathesia
6:15 album only
4. Haruspex
5:17 album only
5. Bird Signs
6:56 album only


Album Notes
Portland-based psychedelic improv rock ensemble SubArachnoid Space are not a "jam band" in the pejorative, trustafarian-hippie sense of that term. For one thing, the members don't attempt lame funk or sing quirky songs (indeed, they don't sing at all). For another, there's a decided darkness about their music, as befits a group named for the part of the central nervous system that separates the blood from the brain in the cerebral cavity. This stuff is meant to be heard late at night, maybe on headphones with all the lights off. While earlier records (the ones with founding guitarist Mason Jones still in the band) were drifting and spacy, this album, which is dominated by the instrumental voice of Melynda Jackson, frequently heads into hard rock/metal territory -- the last three or so minutes of the 13-minute "Hunter Seeker" are positively Led Zeppelin-esque. Drummer Lauren Newman pounds the band forward in a way that seems almost oppositional to the effects-pedal-heavy guitar sounds; "Akasthesia" absolutely rocks in an almost Blind Idiot God style. This is definitely not the same SubArachnoid Space of earlier releases like These Things Take Time and Almost Invisible. It's a much tougher instrumental rock band, probably more likely to appeal to fans of the Fucking Champs or Dysrhythmia than, say, Ozric Tentacles. ~ Phil Freeman



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Divine intervention!
From the opening few seconds of the track "Lilith" you can feel essence of this record pervading your very existence. Sub arachnoid Space peels back the nature of musical existence giving us a glance in the collective subconscious in which they make their mind-blowing records. This album forcibly ushers you towards it's central theme, vastness.

There is no word that accurately categorizes the work of this band other than vast.

Every song is a cross section of an unexplored part of the Universe, like the Hubble telescope of the musical world. I found myself lost in the intricacies of tunes like "Haruspex" that jars you awake with one of the most disconcerting intros in recent memory, only to bash you squarely over the head with a wall of unmitigated noise. These songs are monuments to how music can be used to paint epic portraits of the internal and the very external as well.

Multi-faceted and innovative, Sub Arachnoid Space will challenge you with their intensity and push you to the limits of your musical understanding. If you want to witness firsthand what the soundtrack of a trip through a black hole would be, you found your album!

It is not to be missed.