Lamp of the Universe to Release The Inner Light of Revelation March 24

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For those familiar with the work of New Zealand’s Craig Williamson under the moniker of Lamp of the Universe, the arrival of a new album is unquestionably good news. Williamson — formerly of NZ heavy psych Datura and who in recent years released two albums with Arc of Ascent — has been exploring psychedelic meditations since the turn of the century, having made his debut in 2001 with The Cosmic Union. His latest outings have come in the form of two 2014 split releases, one with Trip Hill and one with Krautzone (streamed here), and the new one, The Inner Light of Revelation, will be released next month.

Particularly in light of Lamp of the Universe‘s last full-length, 2013’s Transcendence (review here), one anticipates hearing what Williamson has come up with this time around. That album followed the two Arc of Ascent albums and found Williamson working with a huge variety of instruments and layers to develop a sound somewhere between folk and heavy psychedelic rock, and other trance-inducing forms. His work on the Krautzone split (and from what I hear, the Trip Hill split was similar) delved further into a drone-laden style, soundscaping offset by acoustic-led verses as though, after journeying to a place within the song, one found a truth there waiting.

As somebody who’s long been a complete nerd for Lamp of the Universe‘s peaceful vibes and sonic spirituality, I look forward to The Inner Light of Revelation and whatever lysergic movements it might reveal. Clostridium Records, which is putting out the CD on March 24 and the vinyl after, posted the following release info:

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CR 015 LAMP OF THE UNIVERSE “Inner Light of Revelation”

Release date March 24th 2015

limited to 500 handnumbered copies
*** pressed in Germany ***
Gatefoldcover ( Artwork by Greg Hodgson )
300 x black 180gr
200 x special-SPLIT as DIE HARD edition
+ one-sided 7 inch

All songs written, recorded, mixed and produced by Craig Williamson. Mastered by Kenny MacDonald. Artwork and Layout by Greg Hodgson.

Track list
1. Trance of the Pharaohs
2. God of One
3. The Guiding Light
4. Levitation
5. Utopian Seed
6. Ancient Path
7. Beyond the Horizon
8. Celestial Forms

Lamp of the Universe, Transcendence (2013)

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One Response to “Lamp of the Universe to Release The Inner Light of Revelation March 24”

  1. Andy says:

    Cheers JJ!!
    March24 the CD will be out, Vinyl beginning of May………

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