Edward Ka-Spel - Dream Logik Vol 2 [Beta-lactam Ring Records - 2008]Here sonic eccentric and Legendary Pink Dots band leader returns for a second volume of his Dream Logik songs, which on the whole is lot more consisting, rewarding and compelling than the first volume.
Once more like the first volume it sees him offering up a collection of quirky, surreal and often unhinged of tracks that dance between: psychedelic electronics, acid tinged pop and dramatic/atmospheric song craft, surreal and tripped out soundscape drifts and all manner of sonic rabbit holes. But this just feels so much better conceived, put together and sonically finished then many of the tracks on the first volume. With Ka-Spel putting real work into the tracks melodies, lyrics, offering dizzying and surreal sample layers and strange atmospheric drifts. It fulfils the deranged and weird dream like promise of the first volume total really. Through out the seven tracks here he never lets you get too comfy or settled seemingly always making sudden strange sonic twist or hiccups, or strange and unhinged lyrical turns- but it never feels contrived or 'let’s be weird for weird sake' - it has its own logic no matter how unhinged at times it can be. And to top off the rather weird 'n' wonderful sonics inside it all comes in a superbly and distinctive cross like fold out stiff card packaging featuring six wonderful surreal and deranged illustrations by Jesse Peper that fit’s the albums vibe perfectly.
Simply put one of the most enduring, rewarding and consistent examples of Edward Ka-Spel distinctive, strange and unhinged but often memorable sonic landscapes and song craft yet. Roger Batty