Temple Music - 'Pegasus' (originally by The Hollies)
Vespero - 'Jennifer' (originally by Faust)
Every year, Fruits de Mer puts out a single combines the best of the tracks that we wanted to release during the year but just couldn't get our act together earlier. This year it's two covers of tracks from wildly different beginnings – The Hollies' 'Pegasus' and Faust's 'Jennifer' – but somehow they work – or at least I think they do.
'Pegasus' is a wholly unrepresentative trailer for a Hollies covers LP compilation that will be coming out on Fruits de Mer in early 2013, while 'Jennifer' arrived from Russia too late for inclusion in 2012's 'Head Music' krautrock compilation, but is too damn good to ignore.
Together, they make for 15 minutes of motorik rhythms, moving from hushed to industrial sounds, but always with a melodic tread running through them. Hollies do krautrock, Faust do delicate, you do the right thing and buy it. Please.
By the way, it runs at 33rpm - the tracks are too long for a 45.
started, essentially, as a solo project of English musician and ex-World Serpent proprietor Alan Trench, also known for his work in the dark-folk band Orchis. There have been several musicians involved since its inception, all with varied careers in the more underground areas of the music scene, and all bringing a wealth of experience and talent to the project.
Although coming out of the avant-folk scene, they also have roots in the European ritual/ambient/drone music of such disparate acts as Hybryds, Mirror, and Coil. The live Temple Music experience has proven to be a phenomenon, varying between shifting walls of noise and moments of arctic intensity, sometimes unsettling but always demanding attention, rhythm and chaos combined. Temple Music play an organic electro/acoustic semi-improvised drone music, and have been releasing thematically diverse albums and playing bizarre live shows for the last decade.
"One listen to this musical outfit from Southern Russia known as Vespero was all it took to make me begin thinking about the great things that must be happening in Russia…" (Ryan Sparks, Sea Of Tranquility).
"With each new release the Russian band Vespero further reinforce my feeling that they are one of the best instrumental bands on the contemporary Space Rock/Psychedelic scene…" (Jerry Kranitz, Aural Innovations).
Formed in early 2003 in Astrakhan (Southern Russia), VESPERO went through numerous personnel changes, produced quite a few low budget recordings, and turned into a mainstay of local scene before releasing their official debut album in 2007. They spend most of the time diligently honing their musical craft and inventing their own fantasy world somewhere near the crossroads of psychedelic, space rock, progressive rock, kraut-rock, avant-garde poetry and live theatrical performance.
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