Boomkat Product Review:
'The Somnambulist's Tale' is one of Gnod's earliest and most special releases. Originally issued on cassette by Sloow Tapes in 2008, six years later Aguirre have re-birthed its haunting hang-drum loops and kosmische drones onto shiny black wax. Channelling the spirits of Hawkwind, Ash Ra Tempel, and Can thru a prism of chemically-infected, post-industrialist punk unique to their communal mindset, it's possibly one of the finest examples of their groove-based psychedelic sound, layering shakers, typewriters, and found sounds with vocal interjections from Salford Tom (him depicted on the cover of their Krokodilo Tape, who used to pester us at Pelicanneck for Drexciya records before he went AWOL). For some 18 minutes it follows a zig-zagging celestial trajectory, oscillating between gentle ascents hinging on the hang's hypnotic timbre and more driving passages powered by serpentine bass and dense chants to planes of blooming, Popol Vuh-like bliss without missing a beat. Highly recommended!