Bright Surroundings Dark Beginnings

by Sun City Girls

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The seventh Sun City Girls album, first issued on LP by Majora in 1993. It contains just three long tracks, opening with the ultra-gorgeous Eastern-laced ballad "The Venerable Song (The Meaning Of Which Is No Longer Known)," which features a throbbing Alan Bishop bass-line mantra, much exotic Charles Gocher percussion, and some unbelievably gliding lip numbness in the vocal dept. -- one of the most instantly recognizable sounds in modern music. "Omani Red Light" is one of those staggering trio cuts on which Rick Bishop takes off for outer limits guitar-wise; heavily psychedelic and emotionally expressive, it easily blows away so much "real" psych that we all have to wade through. The final track is "The Multiple Hallucinations of an Assassin," a glowing improv-rock instrumental piece of perfectly intense resonance. The sequencing gives you an ideal feel for the mesmerizing frequencies this band was intent on emitting during the height of their live activity, an era in American music when they were as threatening, confounding, and potentially awe-inspiring as anyone that could be named. Yet another classic document.

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released March 25, 2015

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