Teleplasmiste - To Kiss Earth Goodbye (CD House of Mythology)
To Kiss Earth Goodbye is Teleplasmisteís third album (if you donít take into consideration the two cassettes theyíve released) and sees the duo moving away from the more drone based recordings s of the past in more dreamy spaces.
The whole flavour here is more esoteric with the cover art by spiritualist artist Ethel Le Rossignol and the title of the album itself being the name of a book by Ingo Swann. Ingo being the creator of remote viewing a technique involving visiting places using ESP rather than physically going to them. Itís purported that Ingo carried out experiments with Uri Geller for the CIA in the 1970s.
The two musicians who make up Teleplasmiste are Mark Pilkington and Michael York. Mark being the man behind the Strange Attractor publishing house and also having worked musically with Urthona and Mount Vernon Astral Temple. Michael has worked with Coil, Cyclobe, Current 93 and is a member of The Utopia Strong with Kavus Torabi (of Gong) and Steve Davis (yes, that Steve Davis).
Thereís certainly the flavours of the bands in whose orbits they mixed or who theyíve worked with floating throughout the album coupled with a distantly kosmische vibe. Of the seven tracks the kosmische element is the most prominent, with the ethereal drifting waves of synths permeating through on gentle wafting sounds that take you on a journey. Maybe a touch of Ash Ra Tempelís A New Age of Earth and a hint of stripped back Cluster. The sound of Coil looms large and loud in the albums longest piece An Unexpected Visit. Itís the albums only track with any vocals and would feel right at home nestled into the pieces that make up Coils Musick to Play in the Dark albums. The track uses a previously unheard trance recording of occultist Alex Sanders (the UKs self-proclaimed King of Witches), made by Sanders himself in the 1980s. Itís a very mesmerising and compelling piece that is certainly the highlight of the album.
To Kiss the Earth Goodbye is a very worthwhile set of recordings. The tracks fit together beautifully and thereís nothing that feels out of place or less worthy of its inclusion compared to anything else. What more could you really want from an album. DB