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Shpongle - Museum of Consciousness
Twisted Records

Gather around psychedelic music lovers and hold on to your hats, Psy-Ambi masters, Shpongle, have returned with their 5th release, Museum of Consciousness! Being the progenitors of a genre (psychedelic ambient) is not easy, but you can't tell that by the continued excellent performance and creations by this project. I am extremely enamored by this release. I'm actually surprised they pulled off an album as good as (or maybe even better than) the last effort, 2009's Ineffable Mysteries From Shpongleland. The proof is in the pudding though, and this is about as good as it gets. I once described Shpongle as Coil having a secret meeting with Pink Floyd. I can hardly give a higher compliment to anything, and it is well deserved. As a true audiophile, I ordered the double vinyl online, which allowed me to download the high quality mp3 version to listen to while the order was being processed and shipped. Although the mp3 replay is excellent , having the sturdy double record with holographic cover has me looking forward to the day I'm able to play the vinyl and re-live the joy of this release. The track list is as follows, and so far I find going from track 1-3 being the most favorable; but I tend to just listen to the whole thing. Before I get separation anxiety, I start the whole thing all over again!

01. Brain in a Fishtank
02. How the Jellyfish Jumped up
03. Juggling Molecules
04. The Aquatic Garden of Extra-Celestial Delights
05. Further Adventures in Shpongleland
06. The Epiphany of Mrs.Kugla
07. Tickling the Amygdala

At this time, I'm not certain if the vinyl version has extra tracks. I'm hoping so, since it was a double LP set. Again,I can't recommend this music highly enough. Don’t let the 'Ambient' part of the genre fool you, there's rhythm-a-plenty here! Some of the rhythmic constructions, thouhgh organic, could even be related to Industrial pioneers Einsturzende Neubauten!

One last thought: Even if you're new to Shpongle, this is as good a place to start as any. I'm very content.

~Alexavier S. Strangerz