The Welcome Table
Super Numeri is a Liver-poolian collective that is definitely under the sway Miles Davis during his plugged-in, Dark Magus phase, not to mention Can, Faust and other Krautrock luminaries. The core trio of Pop Levi, Karl Webb and Snap Ant (all multi-instrumentalists) welcome numerous collaborators on their sophomore album, The Welcome Table, a CD that makes the word “rambling” seem like an understatement. The opening track, “The First League of Angels,” is 24 minutes of stomping psychedelia, and three of the other six tracks go on for more than 10 minutes. But patience, and a good set of headphones, will pay off in the end. The dub-inflected mix is rich in random soundscaping, and it goes especially well with lava-lamp lighting. Especially noteworthy are “The Spies of St. Ives,” which sounds like the tripped out rock-dub of Laika, and the Latin-leaning “The Buzzard & the Lamb,” which mixes Can’s self-proclaimed “ethnoforgery” with a looping, high-pitched bass line.
When not lighting the bong in Super Numeri, Webb and partner Mark Kyriacou make music as Loka. The duo’s debut sounds like a tightened-up version of Super Numeri’s CD, with more postproduction and less urban sprawl. The emphasis on tighter grooves and doesn’t mean the music sounds static, however; to the contrary, Loka make funked-up downtempo that positively breathes. It may be secondhand smoke, but the effects are still the same.