May 17, 2008

The Land of Nod - Reality Channel An Introduction to The Land of Nod

Artist:The Land of Nod
Album: Reality Channel
Year: 2003
Genre:Post Rock, Alternative, Space Rock
Country:United Kingdom

The Land of Nod, who consist of Ant Walker on guitar and Dave Battersby on bass, hail from Cheltenham in the UK and have had six full-length albums released to date, four of them on Cheltenham based indie Ochre Records. The 'Reality Channel' album is the group’s second US release; an essential compilation of their best Ochre material, including several previously unreleased bonus tracks.


“Those who appreciate the lush, spacious, minimalist, psychedelic tapestries of Windy and Carl, Roy Montgomery, and A.M.P., or the space rock of Füxa and Jessamine, should check this out… The disc is full of delayed, simple guitar melodies repeated and subtly alternated over shimmering, ambient backdrops, sometimes bringing to mind classic Spacemen 3 tracks like “Come Down Softly To My Soul, “ “Honey,” and “How Does It Feel.”(Skyscraper)

"In the Land of Nod, percussion whispers, the bass whimpers, and guitars gently glide in a valley of delay effects. This collection of select tracks from its proper albums and radio sessions supports the U.K. duo's comparisons to Windy & Carl, Mogwai, and the ambient side of Spacemen 3. Guitarist Ant Walker and bassist Dave Battersby head up this ethereal journey through ambient instrumental rock, occasionally aided by piano ("Quadrant Zero") and percussion ("Chronicle Blueprint No. 1" and "Inducing the Sleep Sphere"). The eight-minute "Parabolic Velocity" is one of the Nod's finer moments, where a helicopter-like sound swirls around high-end, dreamy bass and ghostly tones. "The Land of Nod," a delightful piece that's reminiscent of mid-'80s Cocteau Twins or Swallow's Blow, soothes with its misty atmosphere. Other tracks slowly build, then drift away, bringing you along for a ride that induces a sleepy, sometimes trance-y state.(Kenyon Hopkin, All Music Guide)


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