The Cult Of Free Love – “Love Is All There Is” b/w The Wrestler – “European Orange” 10″

The Cult Of Free Love - “Love Is All There Is” b/w The Wrestler - "European Orange" 10"

The Cult Of Free Love – “Love Is All There Is” b/w The Wrestler – “European Orange” 10″

Split-single releases are certainly no strangers to the sister label operations of The Great Pop Supplement, Deep Distance and Polytechnic Youth (all headed-up by the well-tuned ears of Dom Martin).  Besides allowing great pairings for likeminded souls (such as Karen Novotyn X and Samantha Glass on Deep Distance) and teacher/student couplings (such as the sublime Spacemen 3 and Wooden Shjips split on The Great Pop Supplement), shared side apiece vinyl offerings have also allowed the overlapping imprints to showcase new artists in mutually supportive contexts (as with the recent Mass Defect and Prism On lathe-cut single for Polytechnic Youth).  This latest Deep Distance slate follows the latter conjoining route.

Such newcomer-picking risk-taking reassuringly pays off with the A-side’s offering alone.  The first known physical appearance from a backstory-averse outfit known as The Cult Of Free Love (apparently from North Wales), the nine-minute “Love Is All There Is” ticks familiar but satisfying boxes across the whole ‘Great Distance Youth’ mini-empire.  Shrouded in mesmeric sitar-led dronescaping layers and hypnotic percussive beds, “Love Is All There Is” borrows more than a fair share from past GPS visitor High Wolf (to the point where in parts it could almost be a choice outtake from 2013’s masterful Kairos/Chronos LP) as well as the acid-folk explorations of MV & EE (repeat callers to GPS over the years).  Over on the flipside, “European Orange” from The Wrestler (another anonymity-seeking operation, supposedly from rural Sussex), ploughs a more de rigueur motorik furrow, driven by pulsing drums, multiple synth strata and Neu!-like guitar lines, that’s not too far from matching the entrancing delights of Rhododendron, whose epic Deep Distance 10 incher ensnared many of us earlier year.

Whilst this two-headed set doesn’t offer dramatically radical new sounds, it does capture two essays cut skilfully and confidently under the influence of well-chosen sources of inspiration.  In short, yet another quality one-off nugget from the shared-house of Deep Distance, The Great Pop Supplement and Polytechnic Youth.

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