Edward Ka-Spel: Spectrescapes Vol. 2 (Rustblade, 2015)January 8, 2016 at 5:58 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment
Edward Ka-Spel is the enigmatic frontman of Legendary Pink Dots, a psychedelic industrial band who have released about a hundred albums since the early ’80s. He’s released at least half as many solo albums, although as the title to this one suggests, it’s an album of ambient soundscapes rather than songs. The first track is the shortest (6 minutes) and brightest and most melodic. The second is nearly 10 minutes, and is more hissy, creaky, and buzzy, with some weird operatic vocal loops during the second half. The third track is over half an hour, and it progresses through spooky melodies, bubbling textures, stormy sounds, kind of tribal rhythms, and vocals by “the ghost of Marie-Antoinette”. It goes on for a long time and it seems to meander if you’re not paying attention, but it’s actually a pretty amazing late-night soundscape.