Wednesday, 14 May 2008

STONED MOON (pscikadilik musick)

MOOLAH
WOE YEH DEMONS POSSESSED (Annuit Cœptis)

Original Issue: 1974 Druidstone (No Number)

Reissue: 2005 EM (
EM1051CD)


Margot-meter: 5 moons / 5

Dear MoonMusick friends...DO NOT MISS THIS ONE.
A REAL CULT RECORD!
ONE OF THE MOST OBSCURE (AND BEAUTIFUL) ALBUMS EVER RECORDED BY A HUMAN (?) BEING!!!

1 Crystal waters (5:30)
2 Terror is real (4:10)
3 Courage (8:20)
4 The hatd hit (6:55)
5 Mirror's (7:00)
6 Redemption (6:44)

From Head Heritage

Straight from the sub-subterranean collective basement patronized by all of the world’s greatest psychotic (ehh-hm visionary) artists comes another ultra obscure gem going by the name of Woe Ye Demon Possessed by the group(?)/or maybe it’s just a regular old dude with a rack of wacky effects, Moolah.

Think about that name. Moolah. What comes to mind, friends? I personally conjure images of bone in the nose voodoo mamas twirling in some swamp drug ecstasy. Maybe that comes from my association of the word Moolah with that famous female wrestler The Fabulous Moolah; not that that matters. I’m just typing to type at this point. You know, taking up space to make this look more profound than it really is.

Alright, back to the topic at hand. Moolah – Woe Ye Demon Possessed. I know nothing about this LP. I don’t know its history, who made it, what city it was made in (it is from the good ole’ Stars and Stripes, but one could very easily assume Deutschland). This makes for some very compelling mystery. I do know that there is a great buzz among collectors of rare psych records. So, naturally, being the conformist that I am, I too decided to hop on that kaleidoscopic, day glo bandwagon with the rest of the damned. This was a good decision on my part because Woe Ye Demon Possessed is pretty frakin’ awesome and in dire need of a cd reissue.

Seeing as how there’s no prominent data on the recording (even on the almighty internet), I gathered as much as I could from the cover; it’s that famous evil eye over the American dollar with the Latin phrase. I don’t even know how to order a beer in classical Latin. So I’m not about to feign a bullshit translation. One might assume that this somehow relates to wacky conspiracy theories about the Freemasons/ Bilderberg Group ad barfum. I don’t subscribe to that. I would guess it’s an ode of sorts of to the race of aliens who helped guide the Egyptians in their constructive efforts, the eye symbolic of their observations and inevitable return to Mother Gaia. There’s also that superb title Woe Ye Demon Possessed: the man enlightened with the knowledge of his extra terrestrial guardians is the one who’s possessed. (Perhaps not alien beings, but the one who’s possessed with the omniscient powers of the psychotrope is possessed, etc.)

On to the music! The only proper appellative I could grant would be – “a lost field recording made by an ‘animistic’ alien enlightened tribal people who somehow had the ability to bend time.”

That’s an incredibly pretentious way of putting it. In non wacko terms I can hear a strong Faust 1, Guru Guru and Ash Ra Tempel influence. Just add a twist of ultra lo fi and a sprinkle of Texas garage psych and you have something similar to the finished product. I’ve often suffered with many sleepless nights where I asked myself, “Damnit! When am I going to hear an American record with a distinct kosmische influence? When? Why God? Why?” Well, I think the Lord above answered my prayers and blessed with me this LP.

It starts off with a profound, deity invoking bang with “Crystal Waters”, a ritualistic piece that sounds as though it should be played on a ziggurat prior to a human sacrifice. If The Tempel was playing garages in the late 60’s, this would have been the product: Schulze synths on speed, heart beat drums, ancient keys. Great stuff. Follow that with a schizophrenic outburst/psycho-delic exorcism, “Terror Is Real”, and then a buried on the ocean floor fuzz hum bar room piano, “Courage”. You have one kick ass album side.

Side two is also profoundly sublime. Both “The Hard Hit” and “Mirror’s” follow the same unsettling bleeping buzz synth, chanting voices from another dimension pattern. It all builds up into crazy tension. I feel as though I’m at a séance of sorts. Plus, “The Hard Hit” features some weird kinda’ sorta’ motornik drums before they go off into the great beyond with those creepy voices. The last track “Redemption” brings back the piano and anachronistic radio fuzz. It calms everything down, leaves you staring off into space waiting for the redeemers themselves to finally land.

All in all, I found this to be a fabulous recording, a great shining diamond in the rough. Krautfreaks will agree too. I predict that this will eventually be reissued. Good things come to those who wait. Cult labels won’t be sleeping on this for much longer. Happy hunting. It’s well worth the chase, friends.

Giallo

17 comments:

Margot said...
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boneskull said...

thanks margot, great find.

mejii said...

Thanks. I have searched high and low for this one.

Anonymous said...

astounding - who knew. thanks a bunch.

J. Tallis said...

One of my favorite LPs! Impossible to believe when and where this was recorded, not to mention it's shameful obscurity. Thanks!

A.Czar said...

outstanding...this would make drugs feel like they were on drugs!

Anonymous said...

Margot,
Thank you so much! This one's hard to get! Beautiful!

-Jon

mialee said...

Fantastic recording, one that I thoroughly enjoy. Listened to it a few times and I'm going to play it on shuffle with Tangerine Dreams Alpha Centuri which I think should show a good contrast in styles but mantains a similar atmosphere.
Thanks

Margot said...

WOW, great suggestion!
Moolah+Tangerine Dream! I should try, too :-)

Thank you for the nice comment

Michael said...

finally got to put this one on. thanks so much! it's wonderful.

drzava@email.it said...

mmmmh very very strange margot, but i'm not able to find the link to download it :-/

Margot said...

If you are not in my mailing list, you need to request via e-mail.

Cheers

A said...

Hello there. Thanks for the recent e-mail back! I'll be snagging this! :)

link rae said...

eating FRUITS of
stolen vineyards
with withered young mouthes
that sing the OLD SONGS
WHICH WERE FORBID


thanks margot !

drzava@email.it said...

Hi Margot, I'm in your ML, this is the matter and it's quite strange I can't find the link :-\

the cosmogonic escrotolitum said...

i found that at direct waves some time ago
dark and groovy...
a little zeig

bikefridaywalter said...

why did this take me so long to listen to? it is utter krautish nirvana. 'nuff sed. this must have been high on stephen stapleton's list.