Staff and contributor reviews of the new releases that are worthy of special attention and classic recordings that psychonauts of all persuasions should possess.

“Knowledge speaks, but wisdom listens.” – Jimi Hendrix

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Be prepared to lose yourself in the maze of Smith's 'cosmic' mind, as he takes you on a journey to far off lands, distant planetary systems and to future possible worlds. Ready yourself to smile at the preposterous, to be panicked by the bizarre, to be fearful of the terrifying, to wonder at the order and chaos of Smith's poetic form, a cure all for the world weary and jaded heart. There is more here than found in the dreams of mortals, so play your copy of 'The Muse of Hyperborea'.

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This is the 5th release by Cadabra Records, and the second album by Cadabra devoted to the short fiction of Howard Philips Lovecraft. In the gloom of your living room, intermittently illuminated by splinters of lightning revealing momentarily the hell behind nights dormant peeling epidermis, place the stylus in the groove of your copy of 'The Lurking Fear', then drape yourself across the green velvet couch, bedecked in your white marbled gown and prepare for the forbidden pleasures contained within.

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Pino Donaggio's [Born 1941] first work for film. As the story goes, one of the film's Italian producers Ugo Mariotti spotted Donaggio on a Vaporetto on the Grand Canal in Venice and took it for a "sign", contacted him, reluctant at first because he had no experience in the field, he decided to accept. The London based producers didn't want an inexperienced composer but they were overruled by the films financiers. Not a particularly good pianist by his own admission he plays 'Laura's Theme' on the soundtrack with childlike naivety, Donaggio also plays flute on the love scene, and is an accomplished flautist, the results are stunning

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With this music the roller-coaster dips into the carnival below, beyond the disfigured faces behind the masquerade. "I am everyone and no one. Everywhere. Nowhere. Call me... Darkman" Side A - Begins with 'Main Title', darkly ominous kettle drum and horn section augmented by flute flourishes, segues into 'Woe, The Darkman Woe', dark and sweet, makes me think of a whirley-gig smashing through a ceiling and landing in calm waters, softening horns and strings break and the piece ends in harp. 'Rebuilding/Failure', strings dominate and set a tender mood. 'Julie Transforms' is woodwind and ends with bells.

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If you are partial to decay and pensive sadness in music then this score for a film set in Jacobean New England is for you, it certainly floats The Mayflower. It was with great delight I received the soundtrack for the psychological horror film 'The Witch' from the postman.

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This Reviewer is a very recent newcomer to Jonathan Dennison's Cadabra Records, so it was with some hesitation that I prepared to listen to this record; however I may now advise you to turn the lights down low, as the last glowing embers of the sun set across the crumbling skylines of once great metropolises, and beneath the wormwood dales of ancient eldritch countryside. Place the stylus on your copy of 'The Yellow Sign' long player by Robert W. Chambers and prepare for the creeping horror cottoned therein. Narrated by Anthony D. P. Mann with incidental music by progressive rock and horror aficionado, Goblin keyboardist, Maurizio Guarini.

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