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Back To Earth
Interchill ICHILLCD034 | 2008-07-11

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Great laid back album with Steve Hillage and Miquette Giraudy guesting.

Merv slows down (phew!) and grooves, something he's very good at! The stand-out track from a Planetgong perspective is without doubt 'Dune Rider', one of the two tracks co-written by Merv and Steve and Miquette. You can just see Steve in your mind's eye with his head back and his eyes closed as he ripples out those guitar lines playing along with the arabesque rhythms and sweeps of this track.

Tracks: [73'17]
  1. Tuned Mass Damper [5'55] (Merv Pepler)
  2. Pharaoh [5'34] (Merv Pepler/Steve Everitt)
  3. Lo-Ride Sloucher [6'39] (Merv Pepler)
  4. Flippity Flippity [5'18] (Merv Pepler)
  5. Epoch Calypso [5'58] (Merv Pepler/Steve Everitt)
  6. Holy Stone [8'09] (Merv Pepler)
  7. Pearl Of Wisdom [6'53] (Merv Pepler/Steve Hillage/Miquette Giraudy)
  8. Up Periscope [8'07] (Merv Pepler)
  9. Dune Rider [6'40] (Merv Pepler/Steve Hillage/Miquette Giraudy)
  10. Valley Of The Moon [7'01] (Merv Pepler/Ed Wynne)
  11. The Wreckage [6'58] (Merv Pepler/Steve Everitt)
  • Merv Pepler {Synths, sampling, sequencing, programming, bashing things…}
Additional Personnel:
  • Steve Everitt {Synths, sampling, sequencing, programming, guitar}
  • Joie Hinton {Some synth: 6,8}
  • Steve Hillage {Synths, samples; programming: 7; guitars: 7,9}
  • Miquette Giraudy {Synths; programming: 7}
  • Emma Powell {Soprano sax: 9}
  • Ed Wynne {Synths; Worms: 3,10}
  • Yossi Applebaum {Vase scrapping: 7}
And what the record company say about this CD:-

Packed with all new material recorded over the past year Back To Earth features an exquisite track list of tunes that reveal the true extent of Eat Static's musical ingenuity. The album is infused with dashes of Arabian and jazzy influences alongside solid rhythmic elements and layers of spaced out, otherworldly effects that bear their precision-crafted signature.

Coursing through breaks, dub and lounge territory, Back To Earth includes collaborations with Steve Everitt, Ed Wynne (Ozric Tentacles) and Steve Hillage and Miquette Giraudy. Complete with an unparalleled degree of stylistic variety and detail, encapsulating all that people have come to expect from Eat Static over the years.