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Classic Album Review: Bardo Pond | Dilate

The Philly psychedelicists are a tad subler & prettier on their fifth full-length.


This came out in 2001 – or at least that’s when I got it. Here’s what I said about it back then (with some minor editing):


In the liner notes for their fifth Matador release Dilate, Philadelphia psychedelicists Bardo Pond thank Mogwai and Godspeed! You Black Emperor.

I’m not sure if the shoutouts are about shared live gigs or simply a recognition of kindred spirits, but either way, it should serve to let the uninitiated know where the Bardo crew’s heads are at. Like those outfits, the Pond people traffic in a trippy brand of space-rock noise, with epic songs — average length this time out: seven minutes — that slowly shape-shift and mutate while icy singer Isobel Sollenberger issues sweetly haunting vocals over the effects-pedal ooze. This one feels somewhat subtler and prettier than some of their earlier work, but in general it’s the same old Pond — too rag-tag and jammy to be prog, too unstructured to be rock, too cool to go unnoticed. Give thanks.