I can only assume Ken is fitting in making this album in between selling used Ford Capris in some North London car lot and knock-off CDs down the market, general activities that a man called Ken Camden is obliged to do. These time restraints would explain why this album is a series of live recordings, with little predetermined composition and no overdubs.

The album revisits concepts from the 1970s, channeling meditative eastern spirituality through the medium of German kosmische musik. Not sure what your average geezer would make of that. In basic terms its just Ken playing his guitar; albeit heavily processed with support from droning Tanpura (the second time a version of this instrument has featured on QBE this week – there are similarities between this and the Messages release). It is the very raw quality of the album that makes this such an interesting listen. Each track was repeatedly recorded and the final selection was chosen based on it’s idiosyncrasies rather than technical quality.

The music has a very pure tone. The rough cuts mean the sound is almost tangible, the feedback of gliding over the rough, electrostatic surfaces of faraway planets. Over the course of the album song titles such as Raga and Raagini Robot meet New Space and Jupiter. East meets space, west bypassed. Raga is an almost traditional Indian raga melody, uneconomic and expansive, a sonic meditation. The sound of the electronic Tanpura provides engaging, vivid arpeggios to Raagini Robot. The arpeggios continue into New Space, this time created by heavily distorted guitar, becoming fractured and unstable. As these slowly dissipate into nothingness the epic, flowing finale of Jupiter begins, where guitar and rhythm and physical matter vanish into the gaseous depths and transcendence is achieved.