Exposé Online banner

Octopus Syng — Hollow Ghost / Rochelle Salt
(Mega Dodo DODOLP10 / DODOCD10, 2016, LP/CD)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2016-07-13

Hollow Ghost / Rochelle Salt Cover art

Just like their previous release Reverberating Garden Number 7, the title of their new release Hollow Ghost / Rochelle Salt is equally obscure, but not the music. The eleven songs continue the journey they began with their previous album, and to tie it back, Hollow Ghost / Rochelle Salt contains “Reverberating Garden Number 7” as the final track. This is a characteristic of the Legendary Pink Dots where a lyric from one song becomes the title of a song on a subsequent release. Overall the music on Hollow Ghost / Rochelle Salt did not move me as much as Reverberating Garden Number 7. But that is not meant as a negative. Most of the eleven tracks are dreamy melancholy psychedelic songs, some with a strong Syd Barrett / Pink Floyd or Soft Hearted Scientists vibe. The opening track, “Carbon Dust and Latin Romance 1927,” is the only instrumental and is different from the rest of the disc. For the first three minutes it is an experimental ambient soundscape with organ, guitar, and odd sounds where you keep expecting it to resolve into something, but it doesn’t. My guess this section is “Carbon Dust.” And then for the final minute Octopus Syng delivers beautiful Spanish guitar strumming, which I believe is “Latin Romance 1927.” The other ten dreamy, melancholy, introspective songs are quite enjoyable. Some songs grow on you the more you listen to the disc. So relax and enjoy the floating musical trip into an ethereal world.


Filed under: New releases, 2016 releases

Related artist(s): Octopus Syng

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...

Iona - The Circling Hour – It’s been six years since Iona’s last album, Open Sky, and the good news is that everything the Anglo-Irish band had working so well for them hasn’t been forgotten. Some might even...  (2008) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues