RIYL: Spacemen 3, Spiritualized, MGMT, Panda Bear
Label: Carpark Records
Big news for the heads today. For the first time since 1989, the legendary Sonic Boom has announced a full-length solo record titled All Things Being Equal. Known for his pivotal role in the revered psych gospel duo Spacemen 3, Peter Kember has also played a hand on several notable albums as a producer. Both Panda Bear and MGMT’s sophomore records were significant u-turns for their fanbases, exploring weirder and experimental landscapes with Sonic Boom as their guide. This year, he’s ready to put the focus back on his own oeuvre. It’s been 31 years…is the gift still with him?
After hearing the first single Just Imagine, I’d say so.¬† A transcendental electronic piece, Just Imagine hangs on a soaring synth loop as Kember drifts in and out with accompanying invocations. It’s Spacemen 3 for the digital age, a joyful 8-minute pilgrimage through the new panorama of psychedelia, a much different sound than 1982 when he began his trip with the Spacemen. I can’t wait to hear the rest!
Carpark Records has a red glow-in-the-dark variant (gasp!) after the ‘buy’ link. Let’s hope that wax doesn’t sound as bad as some of the glowie slabs I have in my current collection. I’ll keep the faith.
UPDATE – Since the Carpark editions have sold out, the ‘buy’ link has been changed to the Vinyl Me, Please store page.
This is a pre-order. Pre-orders will ship by or before the June 5th release date. All Carpark Records shop pre-orders will receive a download of "Just Imagine" instantly.
The Deluxe (Carpark Shop Exclusive) LP is pressed on red glow-in-the-dark vinyl, housed in a foil jacket with a limited edition poster, foil insert, and digital download card. The Limited LP is pressed on black vinyl, housed in a foil jacket with a foil insert and digital download card. The Standard LP is pressed on black vinyl, housed in a standard jacket with a foil insert and digital download card. For digital download customers, All Things Being Equal will become available to download at 5 p.m. EDT on June 4th.
DELUXE AND LIMITED LP ARE LIMITED TO ONE COPY PER FORMAT PER CUSTOMER. IF YOU ORDER MORE THAN ONE, YOU ARE SUBJECT TO TOTAL OR PARTIAL ORDER CANCELLATION/REFUND.
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