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Album Review

Tangier marks the third outing from reclusive multi-instrumentalist Keir McDonald under his chosen nom de guerre, Medusa Cyclone, and, as usual, it provides a mostly instrumental fly-over of the outermost rings of planet rock & roll. Like the interconnecting limbs of a disembodied soundtrack, gently ambient numbers "Orange Sunshine" and "Pulsar" start the ball rolling in mellow, sweetly chiming fashion, cautiously setting the stage for more traditional rock fare like "Black Cobra," as well as occasional detours like the warped calypso of "El Mar Caribe." Technically, these forays into more recognizable song styles add necessary variety to Tangier's quite nebulous, free-form vibe, but, conversely, theirs is a dubious presence that detracts from the album's natural flow. Sure enough, a certain something is lost in transition during the dead silence that divides the latter-named tune and the measured pacing of the subsequent three-song cycle, which slowly builds toward a swirling, soft catharsis on "Beltane." This is in turn followed by yet another detour via the 13-minute title track's techno-fueled rave, which eventually brings Medusa Cyclone's compelling, if slightly disjointed, sonic voyage to an end.


Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Medusa Cyclone is the brainchild of one Keir McDonald. He began his unusual sonic experimentation as part of the electronic-psychedelic Detroit group Viv Akauldren back in the '80s. When the group broke up in 1990, McDonald didn't form a new band right away; he stuck to working on solo home recordings and participated in a few collaborations with filmmaker/songwriter Clem Fortuna. When 1992 rolled around, McDonald started the independent record company Manta Ray Fleet with associate Chris Girard,...
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