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Farthest South – Spheres & Constellations

Farthest South - Spheres & Constellations
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Release Date: December 13, 2013
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Our 2nd album. 50 min track that is a journey to a distant star. Fully improvised, space-scape music. Mega psych.

On their sophomore album “Spheres & Constellations”, Israeli psychedelic improv group Farthest South sound like a completely different band. Whereas their debut “Omens & Talismans” generated a somewhat “free-jazz meets electronica” vibe, the new recording by the exploratory trio comes from a radically different aesthetic. With no rhythmic foundation to speak of, Spheres & Constellations instead treads a path of ambient synth washes, abstract harmonies, impressionistic melodic fragments, processed vocal samples and mystical drones. Influenced by a highly personal and spiritual experience shared by the band members during one long night spent in the Israeli desert, S&C is the culmination of a collective transformation on the most basic level.

Consisting of one nearly 35 minute long track, the album tells the story of a journey into inner space through 3 spheres of consciousness – external, internal and eternal – to the essence of Being, that place at the core of every human where time and space hold no meaning. This is an expedition to reach the archetypal “home”, the home we all carry within us, by navigating non-physical constellations – not those which are formed by stars, but rather personal ones, the ones all individuals create for themselves and which stem from the very ability we all possess to choose our own destiny.

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Album Review

"Israeli psychedelia of the highest order… and I do mean high! The trio spent an eventful night in the Israeli desert and returned to capture their spiritual enlightenment via one long (35 minute) track that explores three phases of consciousness: external, internal, and eternal. Known for their improvisational recording methods, the band flipped on all the buttons and let the music swarm through them. It ebbs and flows as they continually feed off each other in a synchronistic discovery of the music within each of them. Fans of krautrockers Tangerine Dream Ash Ra Tempel will feel right at home, but this is also a watershed of ambient, post-rock soundscapes previously explored by the likes of Stars of The Lid, Hammock, and God Is An Astronaut. Windy & Carl’s similarly themed (and titled) Consciousness is another salient signpost." (It's Psychedelic Baby)
- Jeff Penczak