Quarkspace

Spacefolds 4

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Spacefolds 4 appeared on cassette on Eternity's Jest in 1998. It was the last volume of this series to be released this way. Subsequent installments appeared on CD and are at least 50 minutes long. This last EP contains four improvisations by a stripped-down version of the band, guitarist Darren Gough having skipped this session. "Fall Approaches" sounds akin to the "Blackhawk Circle" series found on Spacefolds 1. It is a somewhat lighter piece. "Chocolate Space Cookies" is a short freeform improvisation -- think Pink Floyd at its most stoned. The short "It Flows to the Ocean..." features Jay Swanson and Paul Williams on keyboards with Dave Wexler on guitar (Chet Santia was taking a break). The pièce de résistance of this set is the 15-minute "Trinary Space, Parts 1 and 2," a piece moving from one section to the next with fade-outs that would indicate some post-production assembling. It takes a more progressive rock form and ranks above Quarkspace's average. Spacefolds 4 was reissued on CD-R with new artwork via MP3.com in February 2001.

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