(All Album Reviews by Ayin +)
Firstly, some versions are released as FSOL, others as Amorphous Androgynous, their alter ego. They contain different tracks and tracklists. Weird dudes.
Since they started as Stakker, they have been pushing the boundaries and/or perfecting house, ambient house (the incredible fantastic "Papua New Guinea"), ambient, jazzy trip-hop, and the combination of all the above.
What a huge surprise, that with The Isness, they'd reach back to the psychedelic sixties and classic rock from the 70's, still with their trademark production and sound fx, but mainly played by live musicians, including orchestra and lots of 'world' instruments. And actual songs, with lyrics and vocals.
The music reminds me of Sgt. Peppers, Miles (one of his 70's guitarists plays on the CD), Pink Floyd and David Bowie's early years, but still clearly bears the mark of FSOL.
They've always been masters at producing, sampling and mixing, and here they've used original live music and a rock form to create their impressive soundscapes. It's albums like these that make drugs completely redundant. What a trip.
For the proglovers: Mello Hippo Disco Show has nothing to do with disco.
And it's got mellotrons.