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Farthest South: Spheres & Constellations

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Farthest South: Spheres & Constellations The Israeli psychedelic trio Farthest South focused on new sonic territories on its sophomore album, Spheres & Constellations, abandoning attempts to flirt with free jazz as they did on their debut Omens & Talismans,(2013), working with Israeli sax hero Albert Beger. On its new incarnation the band sounds completely different, still relying on exploratory, in-the- moment improvisations but with new, radical aesthetics more organic to members' vocabularies.

The effort represents a highly personal, almost spiritual experience shared by the band —guitar and keyboards player Barry Berko, bass guitarist Yair Yona and synth player Yair Etziony— during a long night spent in the Israeli desert and recorded immediately after that formative experience. The lone, nearly 35- minute title piece is ambient with no rhythmic pulse. It sounds inspired by the psychedelic, experimental space-rock of bands like Gong, Can (Farthest South recently recorded with Can vocalist Damo Suzuki) or the meditative-mystical soundscapes of Popul Vuh or Steve Roach.

This album symbolizes a spiritual, sonic journey into inner space through three spheres of consciousness— external, internal and eternal—to the essence of Being, where time and space hold no meaning, or in a mystical fashion, to the vibration behind all vibrations. It offers a slow drone,delicately obscured by fleeting abstract harmonies, subtle impressionistic fragments and processed, vague vocal samples. This piece demands full attention, suggesting a unique experience where time loses its compelling presence and all is left is the enigmatic sound. It is a big sound, rich and detailed with psychedelic colors and shades, inviting but also threatening. A radical sound that eventually forces you to experience it beyond conventional conceptions of time and space.

A captivating and highly gratifying sonic experience.


Track Listing: Spheres & Constellations.

Personnel: Barry Berko: keyboards, guitar; Yair Yona: bass, efects, iPhone; Yair Etziony: analog synthesizers.

Year Released: 2013 | Record Label: Self Produced


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