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Tomb-dwelling 70 year-old autodidact Emma Florence Bausor, in the course of her website blog about the tracks on this CD, refers to them as “prophetic emanations that have issued from – or through – seven objects [the ‘Seven Heads’] from museums in Cambridge”. This mini-album, accredited at Bausor’s insistence to ‘The Seven Heads of Gog Magog’, is the first time the tracks have been released aside from on her blog. Spanning sixties chamber pop, Syd Barrett-era Floydesquery, Beefheart/Zappa wig outs and Mo Tucker motoriking mysticism, these psychogeographic animal-peopled shamanic spirit-journey children’s story psych-songs are as remarkable a collection of emanations as you will hear this year.
On her site Bausor attempts to comprehend what they could ‘mean’, primarily by engaging with the enigmatic lyrics of the songs themselves. We firmly recommend that you read Bausor’s brilliantly polymathic blog posts about the recordings, posts which take in Syd Barrett, Persephone and Aleister Crowley along the way. These posts, in Bausor’s words, seek to “speculate on the nature of [the album’s] enigma”. Thanks to EF Bausor, Kerry Devine, Spike T Smith, Paul Rooney, University of Cambridge Museums and Metal.
1. One 04:49
2. Two 02:16
3. Three 03:19
4. Four 01:50
5. Five 04:18
6. Six 01:31
7. Seven 07:00
“Even without the connective tissue of the blog, it’s a great spin; a truly unique work.” Ed Pinsent (The Sound Projector blog). 7/5/2020.
Verity Sharp, Late Junction (BBC Radio 3). 23/4/2019 radio broadcast of Five.
“My Favourite Albums of 2018.” vacca (Rate Your Music website). 12/2018.
“My 2018’s Best Albums List.” erez_s (Rate Your Music website). 12/2018.
“…pretty strong stuff on the Owd Scrat Records label… excellent examples of song-craft.” Ed Pinsent, The Sound Projector Radio Show (Resonance FM). 26/10/2018.
“What a peculiar and engaging little 25 minutes this provides… A nice thought provoking tidbit for the avant-minded.” Strigiform Witness (Rate Your Music website). 29/7/2018.
“…it is rare indeed to be presented with something as singular and remarkable as The Seven Oracles Of Gog Magog… The recordings here are hallucinatory and compelling pieces.” Jared Dix (Echoes and Dust blog). 13/07/2018.
“Another excellent release from the Owd Scrat label. Some fine female vocals intermingled with experimental music and some speech and one or twenty strong and atmospheric melodies.” Gavin Hellyer (Bandcamp website). June 2018.
“The Seven Oracles of Gog Magog… purports to be the music of a tomb dwelling seventy year old autodidact called Emma Florence Bausor. I’m not sure how much of this is true from Owd Scrat Records, but I like this track called Two…” Stuart Maconie, Stuart Maconie’s Freak Zone (BBC 6 Music). 10/6/2018.
“Absolutely phenomenal, there’s seven tracks on it, The Seven Oracles of Gog Magog… track 7 is particularly extraordinary… Wonderful stuff again from the Owd Scrat label.” Mark Whitby (Dandelion Radio). May 2018.