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Boomkat Product Review:
New Englander Kurt Weisman is probably best known for his work as part of hippy collective Feathers, or perhaps as a constituent of J Mascis' retro-metal side project, Witch. On Spiritual Sci-FI Weisman heads in an entirely different direction - not just different from his other musical pursuits, but from just about anything else you could care to mention. While the Pitchfork-baiting hordes are notching up creative Brownie points for their Afro-pop credentials, Weisman is experimenting with song arrangements exhibiting no such trend-based predispositions. Important Records make the comparison between Spiritual Sci-Fi and Van Dyke Parks' Song Cycle. It's a pretty legitimate statement to make as it turns out: Weisman's slightly surreal, kaleidoscopic approach to song-making manages to sound fluently melodic as well as restlessly inventive, with pieces like the title track taking wonderfully sculpted orchestrations and mangling them through a network of electronics. Compositionally, this turns out to be markedly more sophisticated than you might expect from some beardy New England folk scene slacker, but it's those utside-the-box arrangements that really set Weisman apart from his contemporaries. 'Camp Arden' comes closer to the 15th century campfire songs of Weisman's Feathers output, marrying ancient songwriting tropes with woodland field recordings - one of the few predictable arrangement devices on the album. More often than not Spiritual Sci-Fi confronts you with unexpected delights though, one moment laying down beats that sound like typewriters on 'The Great Flood', only to summon up prog-jazz narratives on 'Mother Daughter Day'. Weisman's creative resourcefulness turns out to be quite an epiphany, and this condensed thirty-five minute labour of love (apparently assembled over a 10-year period) might well be one of the year's finest albums so far.