On a recent interview (read at http://www.lunakafe.com/moon180/no180.php), talking about their tribute album to the works of American gothic witer H.P. Lovecraft ("One night I had a frightful dream", Gurls Records 2003), the musicians quoted Third Ear Band as one of the main influential bands (with Popul Vhu) during the making of the record.
Asks the interviewer: "One night... stands out compared to your other works, not only because of the language and lyrics used, taken from HP's original texts. The music also seems a bit different, at times more old-fashioned with several acoustic instruments and more discreet use of electronics. Why?"
Brt: "We had loose atmosphere in the background, wanting to arrange came from Lump. We wanted a Third Ear Band-feel, or Univers Zero".
Chrisph: "We wanted initially the music to be directly inspired by our subjective understanding of the meaning of the words... This would possibly make it even more like effect-fuelled film music than earlier works. Next, on the other hand, there was also an effort to make more traditional tunes in there. This I guess is much due to the fact that the years before this release, Lump was much into his other band The Smell of Incense, which was/is very much folk/psych oriented. At the start the landscapes were much more ambient and lacking themes based on regular harmonies. So in the end One Night... probably is a bit of this and that. Some radio-theatrical, some film-like and some like the Third Ear Band...".
Over the disputable Web/social networks logic of the "if-you-like-this-listen-this", it can be interesting to verify the idea of the group about its music sources because, even on a superficial listening, tracks as "The festival", "The shadow over innsmouth", "Nyarlathotep" or "At the mountains of madness" have unequivocally a TEB's flavour, attesting once more the Band is still influential on contemporary music.
So download and listen to the Famlende Forsok's record at:
(thanks the great blog Mutant Sounds!)
A review of the record by Luna Kafé e-zine at:
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