Monday, February 26, 2007

Melodic Energy Commission - Stranger In Mistery (1979)

Prog psych from Canada. An interesting branch of the Hawkwind family tree is Melodic Energy Commission, which included among it membership Hawk electronics maestro Del Dettmar. The band's lineup consisted of Xaliman on vocals, guitar, piano, electro-keys, gongs, percussion, and shepherds pipes, Randy Raine-Reusch on dulcimer, khaen, gongs, and flutes, Del on EMS synth and Delatronics, George McDonald on guitar, theramin, and wall of oscillation, Mark Franklin on bass, and Paul Franklin percussion, tablas, glockenspiel, and synth organ, plus numerous guests. The Stranger In Mystery tracks are interesting as they feature tribal, acoustic, flower power, hippie psychedelia combined with loads of spacerock electronics. The music is raw, but heavily exploratory, often changing radically within a single track. For example, the nine minute title track features acid guitar and synths jamming in their own individual directions in a kind of heavy Hawkwind, floating Tangerine Dream style. The feel is very playful, though it gets a bit meandering at times. Xaliman's slightly efx'd vocals are a bit eerie and fit the music well. Too much is going on for a track by track discussion. But suffice it to say they go from psychedelic chamber orchestra, to dissonant strumming acoustic guitars, and more freaky electronics than you can shake a Hawk at. Taken from Aural Innovations

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7 comments:

FM SHADES said...

wow, thats so weird! I had just digitized my vinyl copy of this record last week and was going to post it. Really Great one... Weird PsychFolk moments and total weirdo west coast vibes. 'new weird americans' take note!
Paul Rudolf of PinkFairies/Brian Eno fame worked with this group a bit as well. Him and Del Detmar have been living in BC since the late 70s. Though Paul was originally from BC canada.

Opa-Loka said...

Thanks for this !!!
Totally unknown to me....
(and i thought that i know a lot of the Hawkwind related bands....well...maybe not)

Anonymous said...

A cool listen - BIG Thanks :D

JANISFARM said...

Thanks a lot Lisa

Mark said...

Holy %$#$!...where do you find this stuff? I'm from Canada,and had never heard of this band. I love em'! Thanks bunches, and greetings from the great white north:)

Roderick Verden said...

Great! I did not kwnow it. Excellent and rare album.
Thank you very much, Lisa.

LJ said...

Many thanks!