Boomkat Product Review:
The conduit for Tongues of Light, aka Sam A McLoughlin (Samandtheplants, NeoTantrik), riffs on Lancashire’s world renowned alien abduction case in a spellbinding suite of studies for Kawai 100f synthesiser.
Inspired by the case of PC Alan Godfrey, who believes he was abducted by aliens from the Pennine town of Todmorden on November 28th, 1980 while investigating a herd of cows wandering a council estate, McLoughlin’s etheric tape charmingly dwells in a sort of speculative twilight that limns the atmosphere of a valley town widely recognised as an epicentre of paranormal and extra terrestrial activity. Lying on the opposite side of a big hill to Rochdale, to the north of Manchester, Todmorden is home and host to an interesting range of characters who’ve often gravitated there because of its unique psychic conditions.
In 2016 an exhibition on the town’s local history renewed interest in the Alan Godfrey case, leading to the formation of the “Todmorden UFO meet” at the Golden Lion pub every 3rd Thursday, which provided an inclusive space for locals to talk about their experiences of alien and hard-to-explain but interlinked experiences up in the bleak moorland, hills and gloomy ravines riddled with Victorian architecture that they inhabit.
Using a sole, monophonic Kawai 100f synthesiser made in 1980 - the same year of Godfrey’s potential abduction - in this tape Sam A McLoughlin follows the spectral, Radiophonic aesthetics of his ‘Natural Lancashire / Supernatural Lancashire’ LP and Tongues Of Light volumes to sensitively meditate on the idea of an unspoken, connected consciousness that underlies Todmorden and magnetically attracts folk the world over. Both Tod and this tape are no less than a portal to other dimensions, and the energy is only dark/light depending the user’s conception and application.