Release number 17 sees Drone Rock Records return to South America with ‘Templos’ by Culto Al Qondor from Lima, Peru. These guys are seasoned Psych pioneers, hailing from two of Lima’s most popular bands (La Ira de Dios and Serpentina Satellite) and from the very first listen of ‘Templos’ you can just tell they love jamming together. ‘Templos’ is a perfect mix of their musical influences (the likes of Neu! and Hawkwind) and their Peruvian Psych roots. When I first heard this album I just knew it had to be given the Drone Rock vinyl treatment. There is no “special edition” as such for this release, I’ve chosen instead to go all out with the one variant….clear vinyl with silver “blob” effect AND black splatters. With John McBain at the helm for mastering duties this record is going to sound as awesome as it looks, just as these reviews can concur:-
“As deep space exploration without a hand break (or one senses reliable navigation) goes then I’m happy to make do with this. Play, repeat, and then do it some more. This will take some scraping off the turntable.”
“‘Templos’ is a simply wonderful album..one which has everything that a lover of all things psych will appreciate….gloriously psychedelic guitar, intense drones and strong, repetitive rhythms…and all done with a panache and an earthy charisma. It does what all good psychedelic records do and that is to transport the listener somewhere else…out of the humdrum drudgery of everyday life and into lands unexplored and untainted by human hand; it is an almost transcendental experience.”
Dayz of Purple and Orange
“we had to wait 14 years to listen to the animal sound that is Qondor , 14 years summarized in a beautifully made album that will remain as one of the most acid jobs in the history of Peruvian psychedelia.”
Doomed & Stoned
“With ‘Templos’, Culto al Qondor have produced a dark and brooding epic of four roughly even ten minute plus tracks which seem to explore the inner recesses of the mind. Collectively these four numbers provide a soundtrack that is replete with reverb and shadowy riffs that are offset by moments of clarity which bring us up for air before plunging us down again into the bass trembling depths reflective of a world in chaos.”
Templos will be a super limited run of 250 copies all on clear vinyl with silver ‘colour-in-colour’ (blob) effect and black spatters. All orders purchased through the Drone Rock Records website will get the chance to download the album in either MP3 or FLAC format.