VERY limited edition pink-splatter vinyl 12" in silk-screened sleeve
Cloudland Canyon return from electric dreams where some serious kneeling was been done at the ambient kosmische altar, with no small amount of time partying backstage afterwards in the Moroder-themed parish hall. The resulting strands of these churches of thought are neatly combined and etched for posterity onto this gleaming 2-track circular bas-relief, the grooves harmoniously spread across the two sides of its 12" surface diameter.
We say 2-track, though A-sider 'Born Blonde' is really a twofer, the first half of which is a beatless (though intense) astral voyage that burns increasingly brightly for around 5 and a half minutes before laying off the boosters a bit and eventually coming to land where, out of nowhere, the gears shift again spectacularly into pumping and bloody-minded arpeggiated future-disco nirvana, sweetened with long synth washes and detached choppy female vocals. Though the kicks keep on kicking, the breakdown strips things back to an ominous one-note stutter, and the acceleration of the accompanying off-time vocal sample-triggering makes the inevitable return of the bassline all the more welcome, like a comforting zap in the face by a rogue laser-toting malfunctioning glitterball.
'Sea Cycles' on the B-side starts in similar fashion to the A, but don't let the intro fool ya - this track is an industrial-strength banger sure to whip up the biomechanical crowd of Neo-New York's Studio 2054 into a futuristic frenzy. As it chugs relentlessly, waves of spacebound analogue strings keep the pistons cool. There's a much-needed swirling euphoric e-break somewhere in the middle, when, just as you begin to dreamily contemplate the stars - BOOM! - it goes off again twice as hard, joined by what might be some heavily-vocodered vocal improv that eventually morphs into some distorted mid-range pulses which see you through to the end of the trip.
This disc will tickle you all shades of pink, whether you are a man, woman, or some sort of steel-eyed souless man-woman-robot hybrid thingy. Mastered lovingly by Sonic Boom to keep your speakers smiling!
The 12" itself weighs in at 23mins but buyers also get additional extras for immediate download - digital copies of each track featured on the vinyl + two exclusive slabs of kosmiche drift ('Four-fold phase' & 'Songbirds') totalling 14 minutes of additional content not on the vinyl. Only the buyers of the vinyl will get the digital version of the 12" & extras, it will not be available otherwise.