Purposeful Availment by Bardo Pond, Three Lobed Recordings, 2002 on #neuguitars #blog

Dear friends

Covid-19 is dangerously impacting the social-economic category of musicians. No concerts, poor political and social consideration, uncertain earnings. As a consequence, an ever-growing number of musicians, especially those from the experimental area, are trying to promote their music on BandCamp in digital format only. It is increasingly difficult for me to follow and review this incredible flow of music. I therefore decided to open this section on my blog Neuguitars where I propose music in digital format that I consider particularly interesting and worthy of attention. I hope you like it. Let’s support musicians. They need it.

Andrea Aguzzi

Bardo Pond are an American psychedelic rock band formed in 1991, and who are currently signed to London-based label Fire Records. The current members are Michael Gibbons (guitar), John Gibbons (guitar), Isobel Sollenberger (flute and vocals), Clint Takeda (bass guitar) and Jason Kourkounis (drums). Bardo Pond’s music is often classified as space rock, acid rock, post-rock, shoegazing, noise or psychedelic rock. Some Bardo Pond album titles have been derived from the names of esoteric psychedelic substances. Their sound has been likened to Pink Floyd, Spacemen 3 and My Bloody Valentine amongst others.[1]

Allmusic describes Bardo Pond as having “lengthy, deliberate sound explorations filled with all the hallmarks of modern-day space rock: droning guitars, thick distortion, feedback, reverb, and washes of white noise.” Bardo Pond are a taper-friendly band who encourage fans to make recordings of their shows.

Bardo Pond | Official Online Resource

Purposeful Availment by Bardo Pond, Three Lobed Recordings, 2002 on #neuguitars #blog

Purposeful Availment | Bardo Pond | Three Lobed Recordings (bandcamp.com)

“In Purposeful Availment, Bardo Pond have offered up a new slab of sludge that shows them exploring two of their sides at their strongest. “Orange Horse” is a gem lifted from the vaults (it’s a leftover from the Lapsed sessions), centered on a riff and peppered with Isobel’s unintelligible moans. The EP hasn’t really even begun until you get into the second track, “Thalay Sagar (Torture Tortures).” At an epic 24 minutes, it shifts and crawls from light ambience tones to wah-ed grooves with a few moments of saxophone! I can count the number of bands who use saxophone in a way I like on one finger, but this track shows me I’ll have to grudgingly start using two.” [Sean Hammond – fakejazz.com]


released March 4, 2002