First release in three years from the cosmic primitive spacefolkies...
Peter Marsh 2002
Some three years after their last album, the boys and girls from Oregon are back with another set of long, stoned trawls through the backwaters of American folk, psychedelia and the avant garde. And I mean long...one track is listed at 45 minutes.
Actually that turns out be a misprint, but still four of the seven tracks exceed the ten minute mark. And they're the best ones. Here JOMF drift from spacerock noodling (sounding uncannily like Gong at times) to stoned, mumbled half-songs, generating a forlorn, ragged beauty in the process.
This time around the songs seem to sit better alongside the band's more exploratory tendencies, rather than sounding tacked on. The closing 'Louder Roared The Sea' is astonishingly lovely; a dense, immersive but ungraspable spacerock ballad. Intermittently brilliant.