Lumerians as the Funky Space Man

Ari Spool

Lumerians

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Lumerians are known for making music that is filmic in nature, songs soaked in the language of Morricone and his brethren. So it's easy enough, with each new Lumerians track, to cast and write the scene that they are soundtracking. This five minute jam from the San Francisco psych rockers is laced the whole way through with the funkiest wah guitar George Clinton ever imagined, and the rhythm section is almost snare-free, instead trafficking in a light but driving cast of toms until we get a tiptoeing tambourine. The tension is built in combination with a haunting lead guitar melody and the gradual addition of layers of burned out keyboard and organ. It's simple to say that it's “Tarantino-esque”, because of the wah-wah, but that's too mainstream. Who makes serious movies about astronauts with addictions to psychedelics? That's who this song is for.

“Track 1” is from a series of improvisions that are coming out on the French label Hands in the Dark in July. The record is called Transmissions From Telos: Vol.IV, and it drops July 5, but you can order the LP in advance starting May 29.

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