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Black Sun Ensemble - The Black Sun Ensemble (1985) [Remastered 2000]

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Black Sun Ensemble - The Black Sun Ensemble (1985) [Remastered 2000]
Artist: Black Sun Ensemble
Title Of Album: The Black Sun Ensemble
Year Of Release: 2000 [1985]
Label (Catalog#): Camera Obscura [CAM040]
Country: US
Genre: Rock, Psychedelic Rock, Post Rock, World
Quality: FLAC (tracks +.cue,log,scans)
Bitrate: Lossless
Time: 51:05 min
Full Size: 353 mb

In 1985, Black Sun Ensemble issued a self-titled debut LP, privately pressed on the Pyknotic label. In one of those situations that is bound to cause confusion among whatever cultists try to assemble a complete Black Sun Ensemble discography in future generations, when the group released their second album in 1988, it too was called Black Sun Ensemble. Furthermore, although this 2001 Australian CD reissue on Camera Obscura mostly duplicates material from the 1985 debut album, it does not exactly duplicate it. Two of the songs that were on the original LP, "Cobracalia" and "Red Ocean," have been "lost" (according to the sleeve notes) and replaced by two newly discovered tracks from the same sessions, "Emerald Eye 2" and "Bleeding Heart." Got all that? As for the music, it's modern-day instrumental psychedelic guitar rock, built around the slightly dissonant, mystical modes of Jesus Acedo's distorted guitar runs, backed by bass, acoustic guitar strums, and drum. It is not frenzied acid-damage; the mood is often placid, the tempo downright lethargic. In its suitability for marriage to images of sunbaked deserts, it's similar to later instrumental psych-post-punksters Scenic, though Scenic are better and more melodic. Melody isn't much of a force on Black Sun Ensemble, and while it might be viewed as a clich? to depict their sound as suitable for drug trips mixing temporal dislocation with both the blissful and the mundane, that tag could well apply. At the time of its reissue, it was also tempting to see the record as a forebear of the kind of bands that would play Terrastock festivals ten to 15 years later, as they too would prioritize meandering psychedelic-influenced textures over tunes and song structure.


01. Heart of the sky · A christmas song 04:34
02. Mayan dance · Acoustic guitar solo 02:13
03. Dove of the desert · Blues in B minor 03:49
04. Golden rays · Improvisation in C scale 04:43
05. Emerald eye · Acoustic folk song 03:52
06. Red ocean · For dulcimer and upright bass in 3/4 03:55
07. Ice breaker · Fuzztone guitar 02:55
08. Blue thunder · Improvisation in the key of A 04:49
09. Ruby eyes of China · Acoustic folk song 04:53
10. Cobracalia · Duet for electric guitar in 4/4 beat 03:56
11. Mandolin winds · Chord progression with John on hand drums 03:24
12. A chunk of mandolin love · A mother's day song 04:01

Jesus Acedo: guitars
Michael Glidewell: bass
John Brett: drums

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