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Pepe Deluxé

Queen of the Wave

> > Jan 31 2012

Pepe Deluxé - Queen of the Wave
By Alan RantaThis is the kind of album that comes along once a generation, a groundbreaking, game-changing work of art that forces all others to re-evaluate the effort they put into their craft. Never in recorded history has there been an album of such audible variety, distinctive fidelity and lyrical intensity. Sound scientist James Spectrum and composer pal, Paul Malmström scoured the planet for the finest ingredients and came up with a Tesla Coil synth, a Model 80 wire recorder, a magnetic amplifier, an aether modulator based on a Thomas Edison theory, and pretty much every organ ever made, including the Great Stalacpipe Organ, which is the world's largest instrument. The collected efforts of a Wagnerian choir, the Czech Film Orchestra and dozens of singers, guitarists, drummers and assorted conspirators worldwide were then mixed down with the console used in the 1952 Helsinki Olympics into a three-part surf rock opera that tells of the last days of Atlantis, as paraphrased from a cultish book written in 1886. Every second on this record is immeasurably groovy and epic. If Quentin Tarantino directed a Cirque du Soleil show, this would be the score.
(Asthmatic Kitty)
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