Gungor - I am Mountain

[In my best Rod Serling writing voice ->] "Imagine, if you will, a world where time has no meaning, a place of possibilities unhindered by the linear logic of fording the stream of clock consciousness, where an individual can travel back and forth at will, a land untrammeled by stylistic dictates, a paradise of unconfined creativity wherein the best of what was, what is, and what will be merge seamlessly into a timeless moment, a sweep of the cosmic second hand that we here in the Twilight Zone call…Gungor!" [A clamor of stealthy tussle ensues, exclamations of baffled rage ring out just as a critic's hand clamps chloroform to the late TV impressario's face, softly whispering:] "Awright, Rod, back in the grave or I strap ya down, clamp on the Clockwork Orange eye-locks, and make you watch re-runs of your own Night Gallery. Screams for mercy will avail you naught! Mwa-ha-ha-haaaa!". 

Gongor is chiefly Michael and Lisa Gungor but also Robert Gungor and a bunch of sessioneers who present a double-LP (and single CD) of what can only be cited as adult nursery rhymes, lullabyes, morality plays, and skip-a-bye for-the-heck-of-it tunes, all of which scramble all over the stylistic map and are frequently beautiful, more than once breathtaking. Speaking, though, of unbinding time and mechanisms that might accomplish that, were Donovan to team up with Tyrannosaurus Rex, then jump into Sherman and Peabody's Wayback Machine and zoom forward to pick up Pictures on the way to recruiting The Buggles, the result would be Gungor...with Brian Wilson and Van Dyke Parks in knee-pants supervising the process at a recording studio in Metropia.

Usually, I can cite a favorite cut on most any issuance, but there are too many here, for instance the majestically laconic "Wandering", wherein Bjork meets Krister Linder, a proggy affair ascended from Kraftwerk, or the interludal "Hither and Yon", with its exquisitely slow tempo and ethereal voices. This twofer set (which also includes a CD of the entire feast when you go vinyl) is very well recorded and pristinely pressed, so, whether you're getting latterday 80s musiche electronica or the hoedown of "Wayward and Torn", a chornicle of joy meeting itself on the way to the barnraising of a better milieu, or the war protest of "God and Country" (with a nice slice of Mike's Bill Nelson-y guitar work), you're receiving a well layered constantly shifting array of songs.

This is not a debut work, nothing this accomplished and refined can be. Michael and Lisa have released separately and together five times before now, and I haven't a clue what the earlier slabs are like, but I'm more than willing to bet good money that this is their magnum opus so far. Definitely one of the most intriguing releases of 2013, it deserves very wide exposure.

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