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Vodka Soap 

Un Chand Pyramdelier

Wednesday, Jul 5 2006
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No Bay Area outfit is more mind-fuck cozmic than the duo of Spencer Clark and James Ferraro, the Skaters. But regardless of just how out there among the stars and nebulae — or in here (as my index finger touches the space between my eyes) — their lo-fi psychedelic drones travel, the fact that Ferraro and Clark are physically creating them is the grounding force felt at the core of every single release (more than 20 since 2003). In contrast, when flying solo as Vodka Soap, Clark basically utilizes the same instrumentation and processes as that of the Skaters (voice, synths, tapes, percussion, and boom box), but he tends to erase his bodily presence from the recordings. This leaves Un Chand Pyramdelier's kaleidoscopic phantoms of fog, crystal, and stained glass to meditatively reflect 'n' refract sound the way a soft breeze gently knocks about the chimes hanging from the neighbor's tree. It's some heady stuff for sure.

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