BONG’s 2012 enigmatic gem Mana-Yood-Sushai re-release on clear 12” heavyweight vinyl with transparent blue and solid grey splatter, limited to 250 editions.
This is the third pressing of this stunning RITE, being initially released on 500 heavyweight black vinyl. The second pressing saw the 12” on 250 clear blue, and 250 clear blue with grey and white splatter, editions.
Following their 2011 masterpiece Beyond Ancient Space, Bong prove to be ever-prolific with their latest offering, a brand new album entitled, Mana-Yood-Sushai. Recorded, mixed and mastered in just two days in December 2011, this marks the first time Bong have entered a professional studio and recorded with an engineer. At the helm was Greg Chandler of Esoteric who had this to say about the experience:
“It was really great to record an album live in the studio with BONG, whose heavy, droning, psychedelic improvisations unfolded like a lucid, transcendental journey. Great vibe to the session with these guys, and a real pleasure to work with. I really enjoyed the session, was cool to work with a band that can just get in and do their thing with a completely no nonsense approach!”
That the music on this record is described by Greg as unfolding “like a lucid transcendental journey” is easy to imagine when you hear it. ‘Dreams of Mana-Yood-Sushai” seems to pick up where Beyond Ancient Space ended, with ritualistic vocal passages atop their meditative jams. ‘Trees, Grass and Stones’ evolves at an unhurried pace, first emerging with simple chimes and drones before locking into a most seductive groove.
This is Bong as we have never heard them before, and they sound all the better for it! Artwork is an image of a splendid painting by Nicolas Roerich entitled ‘Mount Of Five Treasures’.
Overall, a great collectible and an interesting comparison to their new material. These jams still sound so utterly entrancing.
12″ version of “Mana-Yood-Sushai”, re-mastered for vinyl by Greg Chandler (Esoteric).
180g classic black pure virgin vinyl, full colour printed vinyl labels, black paper inner sleeve, full colour premium 300gsm heavy card outer sleeve with 3mm spine, matt varnish. First 75 orders will also receive an exclusive double sided silk screened cotton record bag (navy bag with white/silver prints), and 2 vinyl stickers.