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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 // 

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      LP includes MP3 Download Code.

      So complex and substance-affected was their evolution, Bardo Pond have been creating their dreamy riffs for 26 years alongside a myriad of side projects and their prolific Record Store Day releases. Returning with a career defining album, ‘Under The Pines’ sees them delve into the subconscious with their transcending cosmic post-rock. Over 41 minutes The Pond’s fermentation, their languid throb and textured groove (flute, violin, Isobel Sollenberger’s haunting vocals) sounds like cathartic dream pop wrapped in a delicately constructed barbwire shroud. “Playing fuzzed out stuff of stoner dreams since the mid ‘90s,” (thanks Pitchfork) and beyond the mentions of free jazz, the avant garde, Sun Ra and The Book Of The Dead, Bardo Pond’s remarkable career and exemplary output has seen them gain fans from all corners of the pond.

      In 2010 Lou Reed and his wife Laurie Anderson invited them to perform at the Vivid festival they curated at the Sydney Opera House, not forgetting they were recently handpicked to support Jesus & Mary Chain at London’s Roundhouse as part of Mogwai’s 20th Anniversary and Stewart Lee chose them for the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival which he curated just last year. Hailed for their space rock, drone, shoegaze, noise and/or psychedelia, and in a super lengthy interview in Ptolemaic Terrascope enthused (back in 2001) that they were somewhere between John Cage’s silence on 4’33 and Japanese noisenik Merzbow’s total ear splitting cacophony. One of their finest albums to date and nearly three decades on, Bardo Pond are in it for the long haul and remain one of the most significant underground rock bands of our time. 

      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. 

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

        Bringing together Bardo Pond’s three exclusive Record Store Day EPs from the last three years in one, 3xCD package.

        "Specialising in lengthy abstractions, these wigged out Pennsylvanians do sprawling space rock" Q.

        "Reliably transportative swathes of feedback-drenched psychedelica. Bardo Pond's genius lies in the collision of contrasts" Sunday Times. 


        Bardo Pond’ first Record Store Day EP ‘Rise Above It All’ was a breath of fresh air. Their explosive interpretations of Funkadelic's, ‘Maggot Brain and Pharoah Sanders' ‘The Creator Has a Master Plan’ are epic performance pieces, taking the listener through a range of emotions as the band explore their innermost creativity. "These tracks represent the apex of sublimity for us” explains Michael Gibbons, “They are archetypes for our way of making music. They both offer the listener a mainline to an emotional epiphany that can only be experienced through listening to these very songs. Through seemingly minimal means, gut wrenching tones and glorious repetition, a gateway opens, endorphins are released, illumination is attained.

        With their humble ethos stunningly executed, RSD 2014 brought the second in what naturally started to look like a series. ‘Looking for Another Place’ was a continuation of their exploration and interpretations, this time they turned their attention to 'Ride Into The Sun' by the Velvet Underground and 'Here Come The Warm Jets' by Brian Eno. The results are astounding.

        The final instalment (RSD 2015) ‘Is There a Heaven?’ closes the series. Bryan Ferry's 'In Every Dream Home A Heartache' and Albert Ayler's 'Music Is the Healing Force of the Universe' are the subject of Bardo Pond’s feedback drenched, heartfelt and considered attention. 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. 

        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

            Rise Above It All

              THIS IS A RECORD STORE DAY 2013 EXCLUSIVE, LIMITED TO ONE PER PERSON.

              2 track LP featuring covers of Funkadelic's 'Maggot Brain' and Pharoah Sanders' 'The Creator has a Master Plan'…. Bardo Pond return with a special release for Record Store Day in the form of a limited edition LP featuring their explosive interpretations of Funkadelic’s “Maggot Brain” and Pharoah Sanders’ “The Creator Has a Master Plan”. With “Maggot Brain” running to over 21 minutes and “Creator…” at fifteen minutes, these are epic performance pieces, taking the listener through a range of emotions as the band explore their innermost creativity. As Michael Gibbons from Bardo Pond explains : “These tracks represent the apex of sublimity for us. They are archetypes for our way of making music. They both offer the listener a mainline to an emotional epiphany that can only be experienced through listening to these very songs. Through seemingly minimal means, gut wrenching tones and glorious repetition, a gateway opens, endorphins are released, illumination is attained. We stand in the light emanating from these Pyramids of Sound. We humbly rolled them up in the Lemur House as a form of pilgrimage. Please partake. Thanks.” 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.

              Forever cited as the space rock band that deliver everyone’s fix of drug-inspired psychedelia, Bardo Pond land on earth to fill a gap in our Latitudes series. It’s safe to say this quintet come out in full force to deliver lengthy, calculated soundscapes luxurious in distortion and noise. It all began by two brothers, Michael & John Gibbons, sharing their interest in free-form noise, spreading the enthusiasm to an array of instrumentalists and vocalists. Their sound snowballed taking in musical roots from the realm of jazz and blues structures, not to mention New York's No Wave movement and the downtown Knitting Factory scenes. Now after eight acclaimed full-length albums, the band that often dabbles in an eclectic range of side projects have regrouped for another stormer.

              “Bardo Pond are a band who don't so much let their music wash over you in all its beauty as tangle you up in it to the point where you become completely eclipsed by them. When I first saw them live I was pretty unprepared for the enormity of what I was about to experience. The ensuing combination of their psychedelic guitar trail-blazing with Isobel's flute solo suspended above it was nigh on perfection that left my mind in a state of near meltdown. Suffice to say, I was smitten. When news later reached me through the Southern grapevine that the Pond had graced our studios I was more than a little excited. The resulting session seems to tie up everything I love about them so much; from the elaboration of the densest, textural landscapes to moments of pure, ecstatic clarity. Yntra is a brilliant distillation of what the band do best into just three epic tracks. Still incredibly thick with their battery of guitars and unrelenting signature groove riding merrily along underneath, Bardo, true to their name, manage to balance their sound exquisitely between polar extremes.” - Lizzy Huthwaite, July 2012

              File Under: Psychedelic Rock / Shoegaze For Fans of: Jessamine, Barn Owl, Spacemen 3, Windy & Carl, Magic Lantern, Amon Duul II, Ash Ra Temple, Hawkwind.

              Kinski / Bardo Pond

              Sonic Attack (Lords Of Light)

              Bardo Pond take "Lords Of Light" on a psyche rock astral journey. A psych-bliss epic version where guitars swirl and shimmer, drifting lazily across a gauzy sun dappled sonic sky. A spaced out jam of expansive guitars, dusty clouds of sonic whir, grungy outbursts and metallic undertones. Kinski lock into "Masters Of The Universe" and build it from Kraut-rocking metronome-drone outer-space atmospherics to fuzzed-out mantric heaviness, fusing their twice removed blues with kosmische grooves.

              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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