Sunday, June 3, 2012
Cabaret Voltaire ::: Three Mantras
Three Mantras is an extended play by Cabaret Voltaire, released in 1980. The album was packaged in an intentionally confusing manner, with the Eastern/Western titles reversed on the cover, the same label on both sides and a sticker on early pressings apologizing for there only being two mantras (despite the title) and explaining that the album was being priced as a single to make up for it.
An astonishing album by the Cabs. Above all this is a tremendous psychedelic record, with "Eastern Mantra" being a crossover between Eastern litany, industrial, acid psychedelia, improvisation, electronics and dance music. All the while "Western Mantra" features an even looser form of psychedelia (Eastern elements abound here as well), assuming the guise of a hypnosis and subsequent delve into the collective subconscious of modern society, as well as an exorcism which reveals it's pagan roots.
1. Eastern Mantra – 20:39
2. Western Mantra – 20:11