Spheredelic starts the month of April with less spring-like sounds: The Legend of the Pakefield Weatch is something for long, dark nights - and brings paranormal vibrations into your room. Colematics INF release on Spheredelic is a dark, mystical-occult noise soundscape EP that would be perfect for the soundtrack to an experimental arthouse horror film. 

Hypnotic tonal murmurings of several female voices are accompanied by the loud hissing of various percussion elements. Sometimes cymbals, sometimes drums, sometimes cutting gongs break like a thunderstorm over the trance-like recitation of incantations, causing jumpscares just by listening to them. Whipping, electronically synthesised noises (they can hardly be called sounds here) are mixed with distorted audio samples and recordings of various sound generators and create a high-frequency buzzing auditory background, while distorted guitar sounds roll in from the outer area of the stereo image and someone far behind seems to be emptying several firearm magazines in continuous fire. 

What reads like a frightening, psychotic trip and evokes disturbing associations in the mind's eye really does sound like that - fascinatingly engaging and narcotising, as if you yourself were a participant in an occult ritual - or better still, the medium at the centre, the offering of a spiritualist community for communication with the world of the dead. All sounds and noises literally rush past the listener, deafened by the senses, all that remains is devotion to the hypnotic incantations. 

And they are almost omnipresent. The field recordings used by Gemini Lounge Orchestra for The Legend of the Pakefield Weatch are genuine recordings of the pagan rites of various witch groups scattered across England, such as the "New Forest Coven", also called the "Witches of Gardeners Coven". This group of witches lived near the New Forest in southern England in the early 20th century and probably introduced Gerald Gardner, the well-known occultist and founder of the pagan Wiccan religion, to their practices, whereupon he transferred the findings into one of his books. 

The Legend of the Pakefield Weatch is accompanied by a no less psychedelic video release that interweaves multiple layers of video, some colour-inverted, some monochrome, with the music's diverse layers of noise. Similar to the field recordings of the music, the visionary, flickering visuals also make use of partly genuine historical video material. Lights off, speakers and screen on, whisper Bloody Mary three times into the darkness and off you go! Just make sure to look under the bed before you go to bed, perhaps the conjured spirit of Gerald Gardner himself is hiding there. 


Here is the release 

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