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redjetson - Other Arms

Other Arms

redjetson

Gizeh Records - GHH22

Available from Gizeh Records.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Mark S. Tucker
(progdawg@hotmail.com).

The Gizeh label is a growing cross between rock, prog, New Wave, shoegaze, trance, and other forward-looking forms, ending up in a hazily dreamy manidestation. It's emitting some highly interesting CDs, this one among them (see the worriedaboutsatan review for another). Redjetson is a Mission UK sort of group with a lush gauzy approach to everything, heavily centered in repeating and building thematics layering up magisterial airs and landscapes.

The adjective for this style is definitely 'heavenly', as an abundance of echoic passages and pastel cloudlines sketch out broad horizons and ringing atmospheres that stretch the mind's eye considerably. Like Porcupine Tree, Om, Tortoise, and a small klatsch of others, redjetson understands the classicalist antecedents in the form, the Impressionist bases, warping itself into a symphonic manifestation levitating skywards at every given moment. The listener's mind and spirit can't help but follow.

Each of the ten songs interconnects and more than once to the sort of beauty and ethereality October Project displayed, almost painful with lament and wistfulness but redeemed by hope and vistas beyond the mortal coil. Clive Kentish's vocals act as the human element guiding ghostly visitors through the Pearly Gates into a pastorality only hinted at in earthly realms. Even without drugs, the music is narcotic, but the degree of renaissance thinking here weaves it into a hedonistic hallucinogen rather than an earthly set of stumblers and short term soma. Think grandeur, not oblivion, and then brush the dust off your wings, readying for a fight to greater halls than we know.

Track List:

  • Soldiers & Dinosaurs (redjetson / Hills)
  • Beta Blocker (redjetson / Hills)
  • For Those Who Died Dancing
  • Questions I Don't Want to Ask
  • Count Those Demons
  • Witches at the Controls
  • First of the 47,000 (redjetson / Hills)
  • (g)Listen (redjetson / Hills)
  • Threnody
  • These Structures
All songs written by redjetson except as noted.

Edited by: David N. Pyles
(dnpyles@acousticmusic.com)

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Copyright 2009, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
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