Edward Ka-Spel - Dream Logik Part one [Beta-Lactam Records - 2007]This is the latest audio puzzlement from The Legendary Pink Dots frontman that mixes together psychedelic electronics and beatscapes, weird pop elements, Spoken word and genral audio surrealism into audio stew very fitting of it’s dream Logkic title, as this often feels like fall or wondering lost in some else’s dreamscapes
It comes in a very impressive arty full colour book bound gatefold CD case decorated with Jesse Peper excellent surreal, dark and religious tinged artwork. The tracks here are fairly evenly split between beatdriven often vocal-less tracks to more sprawling and involving effects ladened spoken word constructions, with the odd nod towards more tuneful and bizarre pop constellations. The real highlights here are the spoken word tracks were Ka-spel picturesque and bizarre word-play/ stories slide by your ears in his distinctive often swaggering English tones. Sadly the intresmental tracks for the most part feel a little uninspired and throw away, never really developing much beyond electro beatscaping and psychedelic electronics by-numbers with little memorably about one from another. The stand tracks here for me are; And the Stars with it’s lost and lonely synth melody, radom electro sounds and Ka-Spel intoning bizarre and oddly touching dialogue about spacey lost love. or Revolution 834 with all manner of bizarre backwards vocals, funfair sounds and layers of other bizarre audio flotsam and jetsam with Ka-Spel reappeating '834' in a strange mantra way along with other fragmented dialogue.
A mixed bag of an album really that works best if you program out the mostly throw away instrumental tracks then you have collection of fine surreal audio dreamscapes to investigate. Roger Batty