The Azusa Plane

Tycho Magnetic Anomaly and the Full Consciousness Hidden

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"All sounds on this CD originated from a Fender guitar" -- so state the liner notes, and so goes what needs to be known about Tycho, Azusa Plane's first full record after a series of singles and EPs. Capable of everything from full-on rock/thrash/psych to lulling relaxation, DiEmilio here tends more towards the drift rather than the crunch, but does so with a sense of restrained power, where even a quieter moment is still clearly the result of white noise being held back just so. Consisting of four lengthy pieces, Tycho is prime Asuza Plane in action. The opening number, "Temporal Continuum," is straight up drones mixed with reverb and chimes; it's a perfectly captivating blissout not too far from the similarly gripping and slightly uneasy work of Roy Montgomery. "Implications of Holomovement" is much darker, beginning with a loop of low, heavily treated noise which gets progressively more intense, resembling the similarly uneasy work of Lull. "The Miracle of the Octave" is slightly lighter in tone, but only just, positioned more or less between the first two tracks and quite beautifully so. It acts as a perfect prelude to the stunning final track, "Armonia Aphanes Phaneros Kreisson." Nearly half an hour long, this piece redefines guitar blissout drones with its carefully arranged washes of feedback, as minimal as anything by Philip Glass and as powerful as all outdoors. Worthy of notice as well is the album art: a brown paperboard wrap with medieval-styled logos from both the Camera Obscura label and the noted Ptolemaic Terrascope fanzine. The liner notes use various obscure quotes that, combined with the song titles, make it seem very likely that somebody involved with this record is a big fan of A Handful of Dust.

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