Various Artists

Trighplane Terraforms No. I

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This three-way split, released on the Kansas City psych-rock label Mental Telemetry, is a challenging yet rewarding nine-song collection. Featuring the Polish ethno-drone outfit the Magic Carpathians, the Pacific Northwest's Six Organs of Admittance, and Britain's Vibracathedral Orchestra, this first installment in the Trighplane Terraforms series is ambitious and eclectic, built to satisfy fans of long-form psychedelia. The Magic Carpathians' difficult opener, "Fish/Wish," sounds like the music to the murder climax of a horror movie (the shower scene in Psycho springs to mind) extended over an eight-minute span. Combine this with the Nico-esque vocals and it's bizarrely and surprisingly compelling. Six Organs of Admittance has only one song here, but it's a good and long one: nearly 18 minutes of bright, intricate, and buzzing guitar work floating over reverb-laden organ and chant-like vocals. Vibracathedral Orchestra round out the collection with 18 minutes of their own. Divided into six songs, VA show off their range with sounds akin to the more sprawling works of early Pink Floyd together with tribal beats, electronic reveries, and near-industrial workouts. This collection may not represent the absolute best work from each artist, but it does give a good general idea of where they're coming from, and as such, it's not a bad place to get acquainted with them.

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