Humus - Malleus Crease. 1996 Smogless. 1997 W-Dabliu (LP)
Following on from my Loch Ness post yesterday, here is my favorite Humus album. Malleus Crease is, IMHO, one of the best albums from the 1990s. This album is an amazing mixture of psychedelic space rock and Canterbury style melodies. Humus could almost be considered the second generation of prime Sensations' Fix.
There's quite a bit of misinformation out there on the Internet about this album. Hopefully this will clear it up (for the two people who read this blog anyway):
The album was originally released on CD on Smogless (a label that was at the root of the 90's space rock scene in Mexico). Many of the websites are missing the first track, called (ingeniously) "Malleus Crease". After the CD issue there was an LP issue on W-Dabliu (an Italian label), which featured a bonus track (rare an LP has a bonus track the CD does not have). "El Aprendiz" is the name of this song. Almost every scan of the album on the net is of the LP, which is a blowup of the original. I've attached the original CD cover. How do I know all of this? I own both the LP and the CD and bought them both when they came out.
For fun, I found an old review note I penned for rec.music.progressive. It's dated 8/29/1997: "Right off the bat let me tell ya - this is the most progressive album of the Loch Ness / Humus / Frolic Froth cadre. The fringe of their experimental underground Krautrock sound. There is a strong Canterbury current running through that separates this from the others - organ-flute - hell, even melodies. But, of course, that always FUZZED out guitar keeps this in the familiar barrio. I was floored." I still am.