Experimental Audio Research

Pocket Symphony

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Released in one of Boom's favored odd formats -- in this case, 5" vinyl instead of the more common 7" -- Pocket Symphony extends the feeling of the full EAR debut, Mesmerised, just a touch further. Other musicians are credited with helping him this time around, including his regular partner Pete Bassman and Tom Prentice of God; possibly these are re-recordings from Mesmerised rather than simply outtakes. The A-side, "Mesmerised Reprise," is just that, recombining a key haunting melody from the original along with heavy flanging and backwards tape running -- the end result is a touch colder than the album, a bit more creepy around the corners. "DMT Symphony," the flip, similarly boils down the album's opening track into a shorter space, its whizzing synth/guitar combination as apt as ever to cause a trip. The goony cartoon artwork presents the original piece that was twisted and treated to make the distorted full album cover.

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