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Curanderos (Bardo Pond)

Curanderos

    With Bardo Pond’s RSD trilogy coming to an end, last year’s acclaimed Acid Guru Pond brought Bardo, Acid Mother’s Temple and Guru Guru together. The Philadelphia groups output for Record Store Day have been some of the most exciting and rewarding releases in recent years. Now for 2017’s RSD they return with yet another special release, this time side project ‘Curanderos’. Formed by the improvised journeys of the formidable Bardo Pond and experimental ensemble Kohoutek, these compositions take you on a cosmic voyage through kosmiche, drone, noise, prog and free jazz. Purveyors of psychedelic rock, Bardo Pond have the outward specifications of a rock band but the rivers that converge into the band’s oneiric flow have their headwaters in the outlands of ecstatic jazz, free noise and the avant-garde. 

    Bardo Pond

    Volume 8

      Brand new album from Philadelphia’s much loved neo-space rock stoner drone outfit. A euphoric transcendental journey to a mountain top nirvana, a psychedelic tapestry that slowly unwinds as they travel onwards into the inner mind. A 40-minute opus delivered from a hail of reverb soulfully caressed by a ceremonial flute, that makes way for a shroud of ‘Weld’—era Neil Young fog. Bardo Pond is your rather ruffled tour guide to this far off place, this distant sense of wonderment at the crossroads with bewilderment.

      Loved and lauded by the late Lou Reed and his wife Laurie Anderson, Jesus & Mary Chain, Mogwai and many more and acclaimed in the music press as such: “Dinosaur Jr guitar power with the glacial grandiosity of Black Mountain, as if Isobel Sollenberger is conjuring a thunderstorm with the sound of her voice and riding it across the heavens.” Stereogum // “One of underground rock’s most extraordinary enigmas” The Quietus // “They alter brain chemistry by the alchemical effect of distressed sound alone, aspiring to become engineers of the soul’s passage to alternate states of consciousness.” Tony Dale (RIP), Ptolemaic Terrascope, 2001 // “Fugazi on acid.” Noisey “Playing fuzzed out stuff of stoner dreams since the mid ‘90s.” Pitchfork // 

      FORMAT INFORMATION

      LP includes MP3 Download Code.

      Bardo Pond

      Acid Guru Pond

        THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2016 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

        Few things bring more joy on Record Store day than the recent series of special Bardo Pond releases. This year features the fruits of an incredible collaboration with Japanese psych-experimentalists Acid Mothers Temple. Wrapping their psych rock wizardry and cosmic space noise around Isobel Sollenberger’s ethereal vocals and majestic flute playing, the collective brings out the best in one another, feasting on innovation and distortion while not losing the swirling lock groove. Classic rock riffs merge and morph into the surrounding world music influences to cook up an enchanting and meditative brew. The naming of each song after a colour only further reinforces the vibe heavy proceedings. Begun in 2013, the Bardo Pond Record Store Day series continues to be one of the major highlights of the day. The 2016 release is limited to only 1000 copies. This exclusive release comes on two split colour vinyl discs, with disc one in a blue and green convergence and disc 2 blazing red and orange. This is a vital release for any Bardo Pond or Acid Mothers Temple collection. 

        FORMAT INFORMATION

        2xColoured LP Info: 2xLP" 2 split colour LPs includes download.

        Bardo Pond

        Is There A Heaven

          THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2015 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

          1000 only worldwide. Third and final instalment of the Bardo Pond RSD exclusive 'cover' 12 inch. Following 2013's 'Rise Above it All' and 2014's 'Looking for Another Place'. This time Bardo Pond deliver us their enthralling take on Roxy’s 'In Every Dream Home A Heartache' and Albert Ayler's 'Music Is the Healing Force of the Universe'. Bardo Pond complete their own unofficial RSD exclusive trilogy with another set of guitar heavy, feedback drenched, heartfelt, honest and obviously considered interpretations of music the that matters to them. The previous two releases flew off the shelves, and you can see why.

          Bardo Pond

          Looking For Another Place

            THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2014 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

            180 gram LP (part of a trilogy – complete on RSD 2015). Bardo Pond follow up last year’s RSD release ‘Rise Above It All’ with the second of a trilogy of RSD exclusive releases. Continuing their exploration and interpretation of existing tracks, this time they turn their attention to ‘Ride Into The Sun’ by the Velvet Underground and ‘Here Come The Warm Jets’ by Brian Eno. The results are astounding and in the case of ‘Here Come The Warm Jets’ wonderfully surprising, with Isobel’s voice embellishing a rendition of startling Bardo pop. Loosely formed in 1989 by guitar wielding art student siblings, Michael and John Gibbons, Bardo Pond became a reality in 1991 with the addition of vocalist and flautist, Isobel Sollenberger, bassist, Clint Takeda and drummer, Joe Culver (replaced in 1999 by trainee librarian, Ed Farnsworth). Bardo Pond are the flagship band of Philly's "Psychedelphia" space rock movement, which also included the likes of Aspera, Asteroid No. 4, the Azusa Plane, and tangentially the Lilys. They favour lengthy, deliberate sound explorations filled with all the hallmarks of modern-day space rock: droning guitars, thick distortion, feedback, reverb, and washes of white noise.

            Bardo Pond

            Dilate

            Further inroads into the dense psychedelic noise drones that is the Bardo Pond sound. As always the beautiful whispering vocals of Isobel add deep textures to the swathes of noise.


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