Palmer - Shroomshire
Stephen Palmer is the man behind British psychedelicists Mooch, who over their 17 year
history have acquired a variety of switched-on fans across the globe. In 2008 Ambientlive
Records released the Berlin School inspired double-CD solo set "Berlin Via Istanbul/Berlin
Via Cairo," which fused classic style sequencing with ethnic and rock elements.
Now Stephen Palmer journeys into more mysterious territory, with the album "Shroomshire".
Fusing psybient, sampledelic and acoustic elements, he explores a land between The Orb,
Shpongle and Ozric Tentacles, in a swirling, spiralling album of high-tech instrumentals.
This land is Shroomshire.
Shroomshire is just one of the counties of Shroomland. As the extensive insert notes
have it, "Many people have tried to locate Shroomland, but only a few have succeeded.
This fabulous land, filled with great forests, deep woods, great rivers and deep lakes,
can only be found by those susceptible to the subtle emanations of the artistic psyche."
It is worth noting that purchasers of "Shroomshire" will be faced with a number of mysteries,
all alluded to in the artwork, the notes, and in the music itself. Stephen Palmer leaves these
mysteries - as he has done so often in his science fiction work - to be solved by the listener...
2. Rain, the Blood of the Land
3. Shush Room
4. The Innkeeper's Tale
5. Charles Darwin
6. Strings Attached
7. Golden Buttons (t. vulgare)
8. Evening Flute
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Track Summary ...
‘Biophilia’: sequenced psychedelia in deep space
‘Rain, The Blood Of The Land’: insistent vocodered beats grab you and don’t let go
‘Shush Room’: dub landscape with psy-synths
‘The Innkeeper’s Tale’: sampled drums fight it out with bouzouki and synths
‘Charles Darwin’: mellotrons and string orchestra lull your mind into a false sense of security…
‘Strings Attached’: twisted beats on the run from lush strings
‘Golden Buttons’: morphed beats, spiralling samples and swirling synths
‘Evening Flute’: the glissed-out bath at the end of a long day…
Includes double-sided insert ...
You can call this a complete package. Besides the music there is a nice layout which more or less
gives you the foundation where the music is build upon. At times electronic, at times influences of
Tangerine Dream and at times new-age just to name some of them.
As with his other releases under the name Mooch you really need headphones while listening to
this album otherwise you miss tons of stuff which would have broaden the spectrum of this album.
Again....this is not music...this is a journey through Shroomshire, be sure to take your camera
with you because if will be one heck of a trip. 8.5/10