Julian Cope

Rite²

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Available only by mail order, Rite² is one of Julian Cope's most consistent works. Instead of leaping to and fro between undeniably catchy synth-pop and fractured end-of-the-century prog, Cope sticks to the prog and comes out better for it. The full-length album contains only four tracks, and each charts the same cosmic blueprint of deep Kraut grooves and half-chanted, half-sung vocals. The third track, "D-c.o.m.p.o.s.e.r.," is 20 minutes of stark sequencer trance in the grand Tangerine Dream manner, and the closing "The Ringed Hills of Ver" restates the theme with help from guitar and organ.