Boomkat Product Review:
A steeply immersive seam of psychedelic, mixed-media history circa 1967-68, coaxed together by Italy’s Alga Marghen for the first time, and presented as the artists originally intended - including Number One Intersystems, Peachy, and Free Psychedelic Poster Inside, all with the correct track separations, timings, and titles.
It’s a headful for even the hardiest psych-o-naut, charting the short-lived collective’s pioneering, lo-fi work in the liminal and lysergic spaces between then-emergent forms of psychedelic practice - music, literature, art, narcotics - and their position within the perspective of their contemporaries, detailed in meetings recalled by Michel Hayden with Andy Warhol, Lou Reed, John Cale, Timothy Leary, Allen Ginsburg, John Cage, and explored in depth thru analysis of Intersystems art and music in relation to their historical context.
Working between prepared piano, home-built electronics and spoken word poetry within the prism of conceptual performance art, Intersystems could be considered a forerunner of COUM Transmissions or even a parallel to the noise art blatz of Jeff Keen, Williams Burroughs’ cut-ups or Robert Ashley’s sound poetry, yet their dimension is best defined by a mercurial, nuanced intangibility that’s no doubt tricky to get a grip on but, one which those with a predilection toward genuine, lysergic oddness will clearly recognise as the real deal.
Put it this way - there are no cliched, moon-spume guitar solos, cosmic froth or over-used wah wah pedals - but the dis-junctures of electronics and poetry are deeply psychedelic, urgent and beguiling in their own right.