Flying Saucer Attack

"Instrumentals 2015"

(Domino); Ambient

By ​Phil ​Bennett

A glorious dream ride onmagic swirling ships of rainbow sound, Instrumentals 2015 is Flying Saucer Attack’s first album in 15 years, and what a long, strange trip it is.

Recalling the spirit of the Durutti Column, this is an album of guitar instrumentals without any real beginnings, ending, or discernible melodies, just meandering pure psychedelia.

The tracks are titled Instrumental 1, Instrumental 2 and so on, names which fittingly add to the cloudy gauze that envelops these recordings.

Individually, the tracks are fascinating - Instrumental 4, for example, is purely a wash of sound that vibrates and undulates with the pace of a python, Instrumental 6 is a glorious racket of feedback, a lashing, crashing maelstrom, while Instrumental 7 dispenses an eeriness that tickles the hairs on the back of your nape.

Guitarist, David Pearce, who is Flying Saucer Attack, has created something truly of its own, and it almost feels as if the Muse and the music literally guided him through its creation.

An innovator par excellence, he has totally removed any hint of personal technique or human signature from these creations and made an album that exists with a Frankenstein personality all of its own.

Like splashes of random colour broadly stroked across a series of blank canvasses, this album makes no statement and limits itself only by virtue of having an actual track order.

Which in itself is a statement all of its own.

It’s designed, like Eno’s ambient works, to just be.

Merging ugly/beautiful and ferocious/tender, Instrumentals 2015 really is quite magical.

A seducer.

​Phil ​Bennett

Musician, actor, singer, music reviewer, Phil’s interests cover a lot of bases and this is reflected in the music he writes about. From blues to soul, ambient to electronic, Phil writes about artists he feels are interesting, true to their craft and worthy of your ears.