Ghost Hypnotic Underworld

Beginning with a sort of East-meets-Icelandic quietness and tonality, the album shifts from the quiet oozy space parts like Sons of Otis mixed in with Bitches Brew/In A Silent Way-era Miles Davis jazz. Albeit lightly. From there, especially when vocals arise, the album becomes a perfect historic lesson about the evolution of psych music. It utilises moments that are film soundtrack-like (think non-emulating-era James Horner or classic Jerry Goldsmith), then blasts into 1970s television movie-of-the-week soundtracks to Gary Numan synthetic/robotics. However this is not some kind of K-Tel emulating album that lacks unique identity — the many interjections of interference type sounds and others that go beyond words are worth the cost of admission alone. And as an extra treat, the homage/cover of Syd Barrett's "Domino" is a perfect closer and a gifted example for all those tribute compilation people out there in how to take something to the next level. (Drag City)