Dire Wolves 'Excursions To Cloudland' LP
With its title, Excursions to Cloudland, the travel itinerary designed by Dire Wolves could be mistaken for seeming to promise something of a gentle journey, a breezy, psychedelic semi-saunter, held aloft by a Floydian pillow of winds. Dire Wolves have other plans.
The first track on Excursions to Cloudland - "Enter Quietly," at over twelve minutes, the album's longest, though not by much - stands as a clear enough expression of the benefits derived from Dire Wolves' multi-dimensional membership, ineffable though it may be. There's something in it to remind grey-haired listeners of The Incredible String Band; for less aged ears, it simply sounds incredible.
At just over a minute in, we hear the first indication of the presence of Lau Nau, a.k.a. Laura Naukkarinen, whose fine, otherworldly vocals effortlessly wrap like wisteria vines around the yearning violin employed throughout the album, rapidly becoming the Polaris of Dire Wolves' expansive sky, and ultimately, the defining characteristic of Excursions To Cloudland.
Enter Quietly / Fogged Out (One) / Fogged Out (Two) / Cerebration Day
Catalogue number: LPBBIB035
Label: Beyond Beyond Is Beyond