Album: Mystery of the Leaping Fish
Author: David Cotner
Publication: Vital Weekly
Date: 01/03/2000

"It is a historical fact that in 1967 Australian Prime Minister dived into the ocean off a beach near Melbourne and vanished without a trace. It has been speculated that he did not drown but was initiated into the Grand Lodge of the Deep while under water. It is said that this legendary Lodge still presides in a underwater geodesic dome, occasionally mistaken for Atlantis. Although not much is known about the Lodge's rites, communication took place the enabled me to receive the recordings found on this disc." A certain amount of speaking through water happens on this recording. The sounds gesticulate from afar, trying to make themselves be heard clearly. It is as if the ambient murk obscures the mouth so that not even the lips are heard. And there is a flow to it all - past this eel of sound and that fish of tune. There goes a stingray, chased by a manta ray. Oo wah oo wah. The singing of the monkfish pervades. A bell and the chittering of water. Where did our esteemed Prime Minister go? What bends in the road did the journey take? There is the distinct falling feeling in the sounds. And, of course, there are whales. Killer. A warble of sound gazes up to the destroyed world as it descends, past the pieces of chorale, ripples bottoming up and fading...

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