100 Unheralded Albums from 2010

Secret Chiefs 3: Satellite Supersonic Vol. 1 (Mimicry, 5/25/10)

Secret Chiefs 3: UR: “Circumambulation”
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Each orbiting the musical genius of Trey Spruance, the Secret Chiefs 3 satellite groups each represent a different sonic dimension of the band’s expansive, undefinable sound.  Following Traditionalists‘ full-length take on Italy’s giallo movement, Satellite Supersonic Vol. 1 mostly collects seven-inch material from SC3 subgroups UR, Ishraqiyyun, and Electromagnetic Azoth.

UR, the Chiefs’ “suprasensory surf” squad, presents three tracks of heavily tremolo-ed rock guitar surrounded by synthesized sounds, Eastern instrumentation, and epic motifs.  Spruance’s most Eastern-infused ensemble, Ishraqiyyun retains a masterful balance between each side of the globe, as psychedelic and electronic elements are entangled with the Indian sarangi and an electrified Persian setar.

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