28 February 2008

Pyramid - 1976 - Pyramid

Quality: 3.75 out of 5
Trip-O-Meter: 4.25 out of 5

This space rock opus was reissued (or issued) in the 90's after have been lost for 20 years. At least that's what the packaging claims. It's perfectly possible that this is a forgery. There are a few synth sweeps that sound a little too modern, and everything seems cosmically in the right place, which could be that these unknown musicians were extremely talented, or that maybe they had the benefit of 20 years of hindsight. There's also the fact that the album is one 33 minute track, which as we know couldn't possibly work on vinyl (although it certainly could have been split for that medium). Regardless of the album's origin, it is a very satisfying slab of cosmic rock that recalls both the better parts of early 70's krautrock and the improvisational sound of Meddle-era Pink Floyd.

"Dawn Defender" is the title of our lone track, although it cycles through a wide variety of moods and sections. We hear some very Nick Mason-style drum pounding, cool bass chords, sliding, delayed guitar, and spaced-out keyboards throughout the piece. I'm guessing that Pyramid was a four-person collective. The keyboards feature what the credits claim is a mellotron, but I'd swear that we're hearing a latter-day digital equivalent of that psychedelic keystone. The basic construction of the track is that it takes a few minutes to gain momentum, rocks out epically for about 12 minutes, and then takes another 13 fading away into the interstellar dust.

So this may or may not be a legit document of 70's space rock. It's still a fine album, so does anyone really care? I feel very comfortable recommending that you spend half hour of your life with these anonymous, tripped-out musicians.


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Anonymous said...

Daaamn this is spaced out. It reminds me of a Vangelis track for Blade Runner for the first 14 min and then it rocks like hell.
Keep up the nicce stuff

Ian Zamboni said...

This is apparently legit, at least according to what I could find:



"As for the group Pyramid, their identities are apparently unknown, though their roster probably overlaps with that of the Nazgul, another group on the Pyramid label. Pyramid's self-titled release, recorded in Cologne in 1975 and 1976, offered just one track, "Dawn Defender," that took up both sides of the LP and has been reissued on CD as one seamless piece."

So there's that. I love your blog, I added it to my blog roll on mine. I'd also like to re-up and post this album, giving you a nod for having found it here of course!


Dr. Schluss said...

Go for the re-up. I got this from somewhere else at some point anyway.