Also Rising

Subarachnoid Space

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Released Apr 08, 2003
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of today's psychedelic/experimental rock underground have long found rapture
and reverence in the total lysergic experience of SubArachnoid
Space. Since their inception in 1996 and over the course of seven
full-length albums, the San Francisco-based quartet have spun a web of
dynamically textured trip-scapes induced almost entirely from total improvisation,
drawing a torrent of praise in the process. Live they are a force to be
reckoned with, a spontaneous combustion of tremendous power fueled by
intense volume and crystalline dissonance. Every one of their recordings
display a steady evolution in their unique brand of improvised drone rock,
with each one exploring a myriad of different textures. For their eighth
album, the band has honed their craft into a finely sharpened prism, a
record aimed for your gut as well as your head. Also Rising
is the new revelatory oracle, the band's most powerful, focused and simply
finest recording to date.
conceived as a band exploring psychedelic terrain from on-the-spot creation,
Also Rising stands apart as SubArachnoid Space's
most composed record. Much of the band's output charts effects-laden acid-rock/drone
via telepathic interplay, but this time SubArachnoid Space hone
ideas crafted from the depths of improvisation to a set of razor-sharp
songs that stick with your brain receptors, refusing to leave. The result
retains all the magic of their full-blown flights of fancy, but with a
solid punch that will leave your mind and body reeling. Armed to the cerebellum
with effects-drenched twin guitars, bowel-rumbling bass and propulsive,
complex drumming, SubArachnoid Space get the acid test rolling
with "Harsh Facts of Life"; stun-gun guitars omit phaser-like drones,
inducing a propulsive, percussive line that teases the bass into melody,
bleeding into a dark stoner-rock groove for the guitars to play lazer-tag
over. Also Rising weaves and bobs onward across a dense
and varied landscape, alternating between aggressive neuronal meltdowns
and chiming, glistening corridors. Ending with the blissful catharsis
of "Tigris" (a truncated, fine-tuned version of the side-long opus opposite
Bardo Pond on the split LP they shared on Camera Obscura
last year), the comedown is a total psychic purge leaving your brain quivering.

the acid-jam rhythmic grooves of Meddle-era Pink Floyd, the subconscious
stirrings of the Cosmic Jokers, and seasoning the sonics with the
free-skree guitar aviation of Magnog or Skullflower, Also
Rising is a flooring dictum in SubArachnoid Space's mind
expansion campaign. May it hotwire your headspace accordingly. -Strange Attractors