Panos Cosmatos’ fantastically feverish psychedelic thriller Beyond the Black Rainbow was certainly no huge hit among the viewing public, but then again, challenging films seldom are. The slowly creeping, dark masterpiece would still have lacked a great deal of atmosphere without its fantastic 80’s horror film (read Carpenter) influenced soundtrack. This is where Jeremy Schmidt comes into the picture.
Schmidt is best known for his synth work with the band Black Mountain and Sinoia Caves is merely a side project in the man’s repertoire. The only album from Sinoia Caves dates back to the year 2006 and used to be filed under “extremely rare”. Thanks to the recent re-mastered reissue from Jagjaguwar the public will finally have a chance to delve deep into Schmidts mindset. An official soundtrack from the above mentioned film is also on its way. But for now, we’ll have to suffice on past ventures and dig into “The Enchanter Persuaded”.
The record is by no means an easy listening experience, well displayed on the opening track “Dwarf Reaching the Arch Wonder”, with over 16 minutes of psychedelic swirling. Take a comfortable position on your sofa, switch to a relaxed state of mind and prepare descent into inner space. The track is a massive buildup for the coming three tracks “Naro Way”, “Through the Valley” and “The Wicker Chair”. The first of these is a psychedelic folk track with the most impressive synth and simply everything is in its right place. The vocals are heavily vocoded and suit the strange mood like a dancing dwarf in a freak circus. “Through the Walley” may well be the most beautiful ad epic track on the album with strong science fiction soundtrack vibes. Yet again one of those tracks that should never end and if only deep space could carry sound, this would be the perfect soundtrack for a cold grave on some abandoned mining colony. The last of the three “songs” is yet another psychedelic take on folk and could be picked right off any 70’s horror film.
After a breather in pace and structure it’s once again time to disappear into walls of sound. “Sundown…” could be a lost Pink Floyd track from the album Meddle or perhaps something Jarre could have dreamed up. An endlessly swirling, psychedelic endeavor with absolutely no intention to do anything else but move across vast distances and time, the track simply stops in due time leaving the listener puzzled and confused. "Did it end already?" The last track Evil Ball comes to the rescue, being a bonus track on the new release, and once again kicks the listener back to the glorious 80’s horror sounds also working as a nice bridge to the coming soundtrack of Beyond the Black Rainbow.
All in all, this album is something not to miss. Be a good sport and buy the record today. Listen to some very organic and warm vintage analogue synths in action. Schmidt is a true wizard and this is album is indeed his most powerful spell. You will be lost forever in his grips.