CD Tangier [Medusa Cyclone] (CD 857580),
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Tangier [Medusa Cyclone]

  • 1. Orange Sunshine
    2. Pulsar
    3. Black Cobra
    4. Gasoline Zebra
    5. From the Sky
    6. Mar Caribe, El
    7. Spirit Transfer
    8. Cardboard Angel
    9. Beltane
    10. Tangier
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 26

  • Credits
    ProducerKeir McDonald; Keir McDonald
    EngineerKeir McDonald

    Medusa Cyclone: Josh Nash (acoustic guitar); Keir (guitar, bass); John Nash (guitar); Gavin McDonald (synthesizer); Matt Smith (bass); Mike Alonso, Robert Wonnacott (drums).
    Personnel: Keir McDonald (guitar); John Nash (acoustic guitar); Gavin McDonald (synthesizer); Robert Wonnacott, Mike Alonso (drums).
    Audio Mixer: Keir McDonald.
    Tangier marks the third outing from reclusive multi-instrumentalist Keir McDonald under his chosen nom de guerre, Medusa Cyclone, and, as usual, it provides a mostly instrumental fly-over of the outermost rings of planet rock & roll. Like the interconnecting limbs of a disembodied soundtrack, gently ambient numbers "Orange Sunshine" and "Pulsar" start the ball rolling in mellow, sweetly chiming fashion, cautiously setting the stage for more traditional rock fare like "Black Cobra," as well as occasional detours like the warped calypso of "El Mar Caribe." Technically, these forays into more recognizable song styles add necessary variety to Tangier's quite nebulous, free-form vibe, but, conversely, theirs is a dubious presence that detracts from the album's natural flow. Sure enough, a certain something is lost in transition during the dead silence that divides the latter-named tune and the measured pacing of the subsequent three-song cycle, which slowly builds toward a swirling, soft catharsis on "Beltane." This is in turn followed by yet another detour via the 13-minute title track's techno-fueled rave, which eventually brings Medusa Cyclone's compelling, if slightly disjointed, sonic voyage to an end. ~ Eduardo Rivadavia

  • Critic Reviews
    Alternative Press (5/02, pp.92,94) - 8 out of 10 - "...Atmospheric instrumentals that make no concession to normalcy....Those who enjoy being dragged through the muck should search this out immediately..."
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