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Transmalinnia

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Lumerians are garage scholars of the weird. The Oakland-based quintet could be named for Lemuria, the long-lost sunken continent ruled by primitive mystics. But note the spelling: Lumerians, not Lemurians. Sure Lumerians dig lemurs plenty, but they love lumiere especially son et lumiere, the fusion of sound and light that is one of the hallmarks of deep trance and media. Lumerians play droning dance music for the soul you forgot you had - the noise of the billions of switches in your brain shutting off and on in perfect harmony. Three years after their self-released EP Lumerians are ready to unleash their debut full length Transmalinnia, an immersive odyssey beyond the senses five.

Inspired by the transcendental visions of artist and poet Eugene Von Bruenchenchein, the album takes its name from his cosmic fingerpainting that illuminates the cover. While Transmalinnia's sound palette evokes primitive analog witchery, Lumerians hunger for the future. As sensitive to texture and repetition as an electronic act, the band is propelled by voodoo rhythms, stripped-down organ psych and fuzzed out space disco, travelling freely through worlds both vaguely familiar and largely uncharted. In the studio, a former church turned recording studio and brewery they haunt in the Murder Dubbs of Oakland, they compose their music as a single entity probing the unknown, conjuring resonances until songs emerge.

Live, it is all about the dance; at once a visceral and psychological encounter. Flickering visions are projected, keyboards buzz, drums pound, bodies sway and minds melt. As the expanded cinema projections that intensify their live shows suggest, the band is constantly pushing their sounds toward musical synesthesia. The vibrant evocations and tribal rumblings are so intoxicating that sensory registers are crossed: sonics becomes optics, music becomes vision, psychedelia becomes phantasmagoria. While the music draws from many sources, it is focused on exploratory visions of other worlds and states of being. So by all means open your mind, but watch where you step.

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  • Audio CD (March 1, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Partisan Records
  • ASIN: B004GMYGWG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #245,544 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Charlie Quaker on April 5, 2011
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Debut from Oakland, California band of powerful, post-industrial tribal Krautrock soundscapes
with side trips to psychedelic island melodic ritualism, where electronic DJs pound out percussive
rhythms in tome to hypnotic death-dance party lines.....while somewhere the sound of acid-laced
peanut butter sandwich crunching sparkles the brain synapse like undulating chant/dirge ghosts
on a sacred journey. An invitingly trippy interplanetary exploration. Similarities to Skull Defekts,
Prince Rama, Savage Republic, Legendary Pink Dots, Maserati, Spacemen 3, Bollock Brothers,
Silver Apples.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By tick tock on June 6, 2011
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Being a Spacemen 3 fan, it was hard not to like the Lumerians from the get go. I haven't really consumed their lyrical gifts, but the sound ropes you in. In addition to their alternative space-funk originals, one detects an obvious Bauhaus/Tones on Tails influence in some of the later tracks. I thought I heard some Joy Division creeping in on one of the last songs too, very reminiscent of "Dead Souls." Anyway, check them out. Oh, and everything that guy said in the other review is true, too.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By findthatsong on November 28, 2011
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So much for the myth that the wave of music from California has ended! these Bay Area blasters assault your eardrums with hypnotic percussion which a thrash metal band would envy, thanks to their two percussionists- but they don't stop there. The bass hits you like a ten-foot wave, your fillings melt, your eyes dillate, and from there it's an instant eargasm. The vocals are alternatively exciting or relaxing/entrancing, depending on which singer is involved... but I think they do even better without vocals. The biggest surprize was how visually involved they are. From the album art, to the website, to the live shows, to the merch, they are consistent and EXTREMELY inspired. You are extremely unfortunate if you die without having seen them live, at least a few times.
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Brilliant psychedelic rock; more emphasis on the psych than the rock. Like the early stuff from the early 60s, where song structure was a little less emphasised and the musicians were clearly influenced by the trippy sounds of the first electronic music composers.
The record is named for the artwork on the cover, a piece by an unknown artist so poor he used tresses of his girlfriend's hair in stead of the the brushes he couldn't afford.
Absolutely stunning - both the art and the music - and perfectly matched.
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