Exposé Online banner

Lamp of the Universe — The Inner Light of Revelation
((Not on label) no#, 2015, CD/LP + download)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2015-08-11

The Inner Light of Revelation Cover art

New Zealander Craig Williamson has been performing and recording as Lamp of the Universe since 1999. The Inner Light of Revelation, available on CD, LP, and download, may be his eleventh release, but Craig’s music is brand new to me. Based on what I hear on The Inner Light of Revelation, I have been missing out. Craig plays a form of ritualistic/shamanistic psychedelic, acid folk, Eastern trance music. He is in a league by himself, though I detect some similarities to the Master Musicians of Bukkake. Many of the eight tracks are trance-inducing dirges with drones, sitar, Mellotron, and vocals weaving in and out of the trippy music. I would have to really concentrate on the vocals to understand the message, but the vocals are secondary to the musical experience. Suffice it to say, the vocals contribute to the spiritual and meditative nature of the music. In many places, there is a raga ambiance with a repeated two- or three-note riff and monotonic chanting, with overlaid psychedelic guitar. The disc is the musical equivalent of a psychotropic/lysergic journey to the center of your mind. Perfect to relax to at the end of a hectic day.


Filed under: New releases, 2015 releases

Related artist(s): Lamp of the Universe (Craig Williamson)

More info
http:// lampoftheuniverse.bandcamp.com
http://www.facebook.com/lampoftheuniverse

Latest news

2018-07-09
Soft Machine Set to Release New Music – It's been 50 years since The Soft Machine changed the face of music with their first album. Their blend of psychedelic rock and jazz was unique, and while the band went through many changes before disbanding in 1981 — by which time there were no original members remaining — they remained an innovative force with a style all their own. » Read more

2018-07-01
7d Surfaces Happy Rhodes Back Catalog – We've covered singer Happy Rhodes before, both for her solo work and recently with The Security Project, but her 11 albums have been hard to track down. Until now. 7d features high-quality downloads of all her releases, and several of them are also available on CD. » Read more

2018-06-25
Fred Chalenor RIP – We have news of another sad passing in the world of creative music. Bassist Fred Chalenor, whose creativity featured on albums by Tone Dogs, Caveman Shoestore, and many more, died on June 23, 2018 after a long battle with Alzheimer's. Tributes have poured in from the many musicians and fans whose lives he touched. » Read more

2018-06-13
Jon Hiseman RIP – One of the great drummers of the rock era has died. Jon Hiseman was a veteran of such ground-breaking groups as Colosseum (I and II), Tempest, John Mayal's Bleusbreakers, and was a founding member of the innovative large band United Jazz + Rock Ensemble. » Read more

2018-06-05
Koenjihyakkei Seeks Funding for New Album – It's been quite a few years since the last new studio album by the amazing Koenjihyakkei. Now they are preparing Dhormimviskha for worldwide release, and they're asking fans to pre-order via a Kickstarter campaign to help it happen. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Ivanhoe - Polarized – Can't get enough of that Iron Maiden? Check out Polarized. There is no doubt, as musicians, Ivanhoe are first rate. The singer, Andy B. Frank is very good, if he's a German singing in English,...  (1999) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues