11 Nov 2009
Teeth Of The Sea’s mighty ‘Hypnoticon’ EP is released in January 2010.
For now, however, here are Jimmy from Teeth Of The Sea’s favourite Sonic Slabs of Monolithic Mesmeric's.
Furthermore, here's a spotify playlist encompassing some of the soporific suckerpunches listed below, not to mention some surplus trance-inducing terrors...
TANGERINE DREAM-Birth Of Liquid Plejades
(Zeit; Ohr 1972)
The first vibrations of an unearthly transmission still unmatched for jaw-agape awe and entranced euphoria; Like Ligeti’s ‘Lux Aeterna’ gone feral and lysergic. Ain’t nothing quite so right as an evening in with ‘Zeit’.
FLYING SAUCER ATTACK-Oceans
(Distance; Domino 1994)
Blindingly beatific continental drift courtesy of Brizzle’s finest psych-ed out sky-smoochers. See also the entire ‘Further’ album for a radiant wash of pastoral solitude and crepuscular bliss. A perusal of the old where-are-they-now file beckons.
WINDY & CARL-Antarctica
(EP, Darla 1997)
Two frumpy weirdos deliver an incomparable(and seemingly endless) panoramic bliss-scape that resonates on dimensions beyond rational thought. A womb-world that can transform your humble front room into an oasis of opiated calm.
(Musik Von Harmonia, Brain, 1974)
Potent evidence for the existence of some Buffy-esque gateway that existed in Forest in the Summer of 1973 to some fertile enchanted landscape where all life is a perpetual dream sequence of overripe foliage and hazy slow motion.
(Succour, Warp, 1995)
Cosmic debris drifts around a motherlode of dub bass, and shadows loom in the empty spaces. Like sitting on a rusty pirate spacecraft as it spins powerless in the orbit of a dark, distant planet.
STEREOLAB & NURSE WITH WOUND-Simple Headphone Mind
(eponymous EP, Duophonic 1997)
Try to ignore the clicks and pops on the you tubeclip of this spectacularly brain-altering trip to mayhemsville. Sorry to admit, words honestly can’t really do justice to such a startling piece of work.
AR KANE-Spermwhale Trip Over
(69, Mute, 1988)
For all that its only admirers seem to be music journalists, ‘69’ still stands proud as a gateway to some parallel universe of dark, dreamlike rapture. Whether languorous and beatific, as on this here ‘Spermwhale Trip Over’, or lurking in the murkiest of ghoulish catacombs, as on the gloriously bleak ‘The Madonna Is With Child’, there’s never been another record quite as haunting, harrowing and heavenly as this.
HTRK-Look At That Girl
(Nostalgia, Blast First Petite 1997)
Frightful hollow-eyed fashionistas they may appear, but displaced Melbourne droogs HTRK have a wicked way with a languorous dirge that reaches its zenith here, a delightfully mournful clatter and sway that;s equal parts The Cure’s ‘Pornography’, prime Gristle and a ghostly wail in an abandoned warehouse.
SPACEMEN 3-Suicide (Live)
(Playing With Fire Reissue, Fire (various)
Like kneeling before some huge pulsating throne of slack. Set The Controls For The Heart Of Rugby, and wah-wahs to stun.
ONEIDA-Sheets Of Easter
(Each One Teach One, 2001)
Well of course…
FAVE HYPNO SCENES IN THE MOVIES & TV
a) THE DEVIL RIDES OUT
Charles Gray’s portrayal of Mocaber was loosely based on Aleister Crowley, of course. Yet who knows if The Great Beast was quite such a cracking pantomime villain as this…
b) DOCTOR WHO:MASQUE OF MANDRAGORA
In her last episode of the Tom Baker-era Doctor Who, Sarah Jane Smith complained that "I must be mad. I'm sick of being cold and wet and hypnotised left, right and centre. I'm sick of being shot at, savaged by bug eyed monsters, never knowing if I'm coming or going... or been... “ Small wonder, as the poor lass did indeed seem to be used as some kind of pawn in some evil adversary’s mind control games every other week…
c) SCOOBY DOO; BEDLAM IN THE BIG TOP
I’d imagine this was many folks’ first exposure to the very notion of hypnotism. Even if the evil Ghost clown did end up unmasked as just the fairground owner trying to drum up some extra business or summat.
True to form for its position as standard horror plot device for all ages, the ol’ hypno chestnut has been used as the primary narrative drive in some of the downright lamest movies of all time: Take this gem from 1994, for example. Anyone wondering what Frank Langella was up to in the many years in between Masters Of The Universe and Frost/Nixon, look no further. Or better still, look away.
e) DOCTOR WHO: SARAH JANE ADVENTURES
Turns out Sarah Jane didn’t even get her own way, mind you. Thirty years later, she was still having to battle evil masterminds intent on taking over the world by means of hypnosis. And worse still, one of them bore an uncanny resemblance to Russ Abbott…