Cloudland Canyon / Lichens
This collaboration between the mellow, Memphis-meets-Germany duo of Kip Ulhorn and Simon Wojan (a.k.a. Cloudland Canyon) and Chicago’s great rock ’n’ roll concierge and knower-of-mystics Mr. Robert Lowe (a.k.a. Lichens) was born on a trip to the West Coast of the United States a few years ago. Exterminating Angel’s single 30-minute track uses voice, guitar, samplers, and ARP synthesizer. You’ve heard of the unmade science fiction epic whose would-be director proposed using different big-name progressive bands to perform a soundtrack for specific planets used in the script; here then are the sounds accompanying a spacecraft that’s a combination Death Star and Taco Bell from the 1970s filled with cement Mayan temples and pyramids populated by large, snappily dressed reptilian beings. Every so often a bell goes off to break the spell and presents convincing evidence of this record’s special journey.