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Golden Oaks Three Billion

"Sumptuous Hamper" CDR

Dead Sea Liner

Genre: psych drone

Bournemouth, UK

November 2009

Soaking in Sumptuous Hamper's first composition, "Damp Patch Plaza," is like floating slowly into the Sun. There's the thick haze of feedback fuzz, the distant chime like a never-ceasing train horn, a rattle somewhere far away. In the background you catch wind of a vague, fiery guitar solo, or the hesitant tooting of woodwinds. I'm reminded of that famous scene in The Wizard of Oz, when Dorothy is being whisked, along with all means of cultural detritus, through the nebulous vortex, en route to the yellow brick road. This what you would expect to hear in that very situation, if it weren't just a scene in a film from 1939, but instead real life, or at least the interpretation of real life that exists within one's psyche. Because the Golden Oaks Three Billion experience is a very psychological one, one that evokes internal feelings and impressions that are likely to differ from listener to listener. This is more than just a drone release, or an even vaguer "psych drone" release. It's a strange, idiosyncratic forty minutes that encapsulates the joy of the experimental underground.

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Michael Tau

[Vitals: 2 tracks, limited to 50 copies, distributed by the label, released 2009]