As a traveler-without-age, Damo Suzuki has been touring all over space-time. Presenting the light of “instant composing” to new generations, he refers to his makeshift collaborators as sound-carriers. Exactly fifty years after the release of the profoundly iconic Ege Bamyası, we can hear his voice on yet another fantastic album, as in “derived from fantasy.” Manifested from the meeting with Spiritczualic Enhancement Center-- an eight-piece group of self-proclaimed disciples from the CAN University have gathered at Arkaoda (Turkish for “backroom”).
Named after the place in Berlin where it was recorded, this release freewheels down the Autobahn of Consciousness as it swerves along that ancestral road. A witness of this session was quoted calling it “unfiltered, freeform, de-programming music.” The LP’s 3 volatile tracks — U | Ra | Beya (Japanese for “backroom”) — are unity-enhancing, non-boolean excerpts from this serendipitous symposium at the beginning of 2020 (just before the new measures). Let your children hear this!
"Damo was so natural, like a zen master, a spiritual elder. He spoke to us in kind, authentic, deep mannerisms – and yet, was so approachable, not the least apparent in the fact that he immediately said ‘yes, sure’ to my offer to partake in some Hashish smoking … and we sat and laughed and spoke for hours .. rather philosophically and intellectually, you could say, but in a way that seemed so easygoing nonetheless. I was moved by this, as I didn’t know what to expect – there was this anticipation that he’d be ‘too big’ and kinda feel above us, but this feeling was not there in the slightest. We were merged, from the start. And this felt like his secret, the way by which he’s able to tour and play with completely new musicians every time, for decades. And it isn’t a method or a tactic." ,,,Words from Spiritczualic Enhancement Center...
- Vocals: Damo Suzuki
- Drums: Nicolas Sheikholeslami
- Percussion: Faani
- Bass: Etkin Çekin
- Guitar: Æladin
- Keys & Vocals: Omri Shmulewitz
- Synthesizer: Carl-J. Hoffmann
- Synthesizer: Alexander P. Jovanovic
- Recorded at Arkaoda, Berlin, 27.02.2020
- Production: Nicolas Sheikholeslami
- Mastering: Mark Gergis
- Art & Design: Axis Mundi (Dima Rabik & Ventral In Golden)
- Limited 12" vinyl with reverse board sleeve. Only 500.
- Deluxe limited CD in a 350grm vinyl replica sleeve. Printed on reverse cardboard. Only 300.
- Digital and streaming
Tags: Improvisation, Psychedelic Rock, Free Jazz, Avant-garde, Synth, Cosmic, Kraut Rock, Can
℗ 2022 Spiritczualic Enhancement Center & Damo Suzuki
© 2022 Akuphone
- „Certainly Damo Suzuki's most prominent product of this century.“ - Radio Student (SI)
- "A similarly groundbreaking symbiosis as Can did back then on Tago Mago“ - NEØLYD (DE)
- „The results of this session are fresh & far out“ - Shindig (UK)
- „A session sprawling from lysergic krautrock to spiralling psych funk and supine lounge styles.“ - Boomkat (UK)
- „They ably channel the sound of Can circa Future Days, locking into extended, fluid grooves“ - Bandcamp Daily (US)
- „Kosmische at its very best“ - Electronic Sounds (UK)
- "Albums Of The Week: Another wild, freewheeling psychedelic excursion.“ - Tinnitist (Albums Of The Week at: Tinnitist) (US)
- "Definitely needs a place in your well sorted music collection.“ - Progarchives (DE)
- “𝙎𝙤𝙢𝙚𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙬𝙚 𝙝𝙚𝙧𝙚 𝙞𝙣 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙧𝙖𝙙𝙞𝙤 𝙗𝙪𝙨𝙞𝙣𝙚𝙨𝙨 𝙘𝙖𝙡𝙡 𝙖 𝙜𝙤𝙤𝙙 𝙟𝙖𝙢! 𝙐𝙣𝙗𝙚𝙡𝙞𝙚𝙫𝙖𝙗𝙡𝙚.” - 𝙹𝚎𝚏𝚏 𝙲𝚘𝚗𝚔𝚕𝚒𝚗, 𝚃𝚑𝚎 𝚃𝚛𝚊𝚒𝚕𝚑𝚎𝚊𝚍 (US)
- “𝘾𝙤𝙪𝙡𝙙𝙣’𝙩 𝙩𝙝𝙞𝙣𝙠 𝙤𝙛 𝙖 𝙗𝙚𝙩𝙩𝙚𝙧 𝙘𝙤𝙡𝙡𝙖𝙗𝙤𝙧𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣” - 𝙳𝚘𝚝𝙳𝚊𝚜𝚑 𝚁𝚊𝚍𝚒𝚘, 𝚆𝙵𝙼𝚄 (US)
- “𝙃𝙚𝙖𝙫𝙮 𝙫𝙞𝙗𝙚𝙨” - 𝚃𝚘𝚖 𝚁𝚊𝚟𝚎𝚗𝚜𝚌𝚛𝚘𝚏𝚝, 𝙱𝙱𝙲 𝟼 (UK)
- “𝘼𝙣 𝙤𝙫𝙚𝙧𝙬𝙝𝙚𝙡𝙢𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙨𝙥𝙞𝙧𝙖𝙡 𝙤𝙛 𝙢𝙖𝙜𝙣𝙚𝙩𝙞𝙘, 𝙚𝙘𝙡𝙚𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙘 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙝𝙮𝙥𝙣𝙤𝙩𝙞𝙘 𝙨𝙤𝙪𝙣𝙙𝙨.. 𝙖 𝙢𝙪𝙨𝙞𝙘𝙖𝙡 𝙫𝙖𝙜𝙖𝙗𝙤𝙣𝙙, 𝙖 𝙧𝙚𝙖𝙡 𝙘𝙡𝙖𝙨𝙨𝙞𝙘 𝙖𝙡𝙗𝙪𝙢.. 𝙄𝙣 𝙖 𝙛𝙚𝙬 𝙬𝙤𝙧𝙙𝙨: 𝙄𝙢𝙥𝙚𝙘𝙘𝙖𝙗𝙡𝙚.” - 𝙳𝚘𝚖𝚎𝚗𝚒𝚌𝚘 𝙲𝚊𝚌𝚌𝚊𝚖𝚘, 𝚂𝚑𝚊𝚍𝚎𝚜 𝙾𝚏 𝚁𝚘𝚌𝚔, 𝙻𝚘𝚗𝚍𝚘𝚗 𝙲𝚊𝚕𝚕𝚒𝚗𝚐 (UK)
- “𝙏𝙖𝙥𝙥𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙞𝙣𝙩𝙤 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙨𝙤𝙧𝙩 𝙤𝙛 𝙨𝙝𝙞𝙢𝙢𝙮𝙞𝙣𝙜, 𝙩𝙧𝙖𝙣𝙘𝙚𝙡𝙞𝙠𝙚 𝙢𝙪𝙨𝙞𝙘 𝘾𝙖𝙣 𝙢𝙖𝙙𝙚 𝙖𝙧𝙤𝙪𝙣𝙙 𝙁𝙪𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙚 𝘿𝙖𝙮𝙨” - 𝚄𝙽𝙲𝚄𝚃 𝚖𝚊𝚐𝚊𝚣𝚒𝚗𝚎 (UK)
- „Powerful sound flow. Visionary. - Audio Review (IT)
- "Freeform psychedelic jamming - did you expect something different?“ - Norman Records (UK)
- "Klang-Voodoo“ - Taz (DE)
- "some colorful Space-Birds appear at the horizon“ - Time Mashine Productions (GR)