Quarkspace

Spacefolds 2

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Spacefolds 2 appeared on cassette on Eternity's Jest in 1997. It marked two changes for the band. First, guitarist Dave Wexler had now become a full-time member. Second, from now on the music would include a bit more electronics and use loops to propel the improvisations. "Original Royalty/Touch Our Love Monkeys" is a suite; the first part, a contagious jam in 7/8 derived from Prince's "Kiss" (hence the title) would become, after extensive plastic surgery, the track "Prince" on The Hidden Moon. The second part takes space rock into dance music territory. "Ambient 1" starts ambient indeed, but takes some unexpected left turns toward the end -- not a cohesive track. "Go" is, admittedly, the band's cheesiest piece. A dance groove serves as the backbone, and the insistent use of the sample of a man shouting "Go!" quickly becomes annoying. This EP ends with "Quarkadelic," another dance tune standing somewhere between Hawkwind and George Duke's late-'70s music; this one features a good guitar solo sadly buried in the mix. This release clearly stands below average. Spacefolds 2 was reissued on CD-R with new artwork via MP3.com in February 2001. The title of the first track has been shortened to "Original Royalty" and the piece "Ambient 1," which faded out at the end of side A and back in at the beginning of side B, is presented as one continuous track.

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