Air Liquide: This Is A Mind Trip 12″ EP (Intergalactic Research Institute For Sound, 2018)

December 23, 2018 at 1:26 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Air Liquide: This Is A Mind Trip 12″ EP

In probably the least acknowledged comeback of the year, Air Liquide released their first record since 2004 (and tbh, it’s been a lot longer since I’ve heard anything by this group). The A-side is far away from ambient or acid techno, it’s a slow, heavy, noisy psychedelic rock crusher with longtime collaborator Mary Applegate delivering spoken lyrics which aren’t unlike that “it’s the point of greatest intensity” speech that’s been sampled on a million tracks since the early ’90s. “Die Singende Saege” isn’t nearly as overpowering, it’s more like stumbling around a snowy forest. Finally, “Zeitgeber 3” is a spooky acid techno jam like the old days, but covered with the thick, haunting echo of the other tracks.

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