January 22nd, 2001
UK LPx2/CDx2 Threshold House Eskaton 26 (CD)
*CD only tracks
LPx2 limited to 1000 numbered copies on milk white vinyl. There are also 50 amethyst vinyl copies for friends and collectors.
From the release notes:
"An astounding voyage through the labyrinthine mind of Thighpaulsandra. At once surreal, organic, and sublime, Thighpaulsandra presents an elastic, canine and corrupt sonic assault challenging convention and expectation. Presented as a double CD & vinyl LP, Thighpaulsandra draws on his many associates in Spiritualized, Coil & the Julian Cope group and his vast experience in electro-acoustic and improvised music to reveal this extraordinary listening experience."
Independent (26.01.01): "It's a fantastic record, in all senses of the word.."
NME(17.02.01): "In parts it's stunning enough.."
The Independent 26 January 2001
"Wizard 's Robe, mini-Mohawk tonsure, wand-youd never guess from the album sleeve that Thighpausandra was a mate of Julian Cope's , now would you?
The man whose name contains not just male a female principles but the upper-leg principle, too, is helped out by Cope on this debut double-album, along with fellow members of Coil and Spiritualized, his other main musical outlets. It's a fantastic Record, in all senses of the word, packed with cosmic synth-scapes, prodigiuos Krautrock Riffing and a courageous strain of art-rock improvisation that miraculously steers clear of longueurs. For all of its experimental leanings, it is articulate and approachable-whether hammering away at a 10-league-boot feedback stomp like "Home Butt Club" or sticking a French horn through a ring modulator on "Celine And Julie Go Boating", Thighpaulandra strives to avoid the solipisistic tendencies of much improvised music. Indeed, the best pieces aren't shamed by comparisons with such illustrious influences as Zappa (the clarinet and furtive strings of "Abuse Foundation IV") and Sun Ra (the organ overload of "Lycraland"), while the baritone saxaphone and marimba of "The Angelica Declaration" combine to conjure up the mutant Jazz of the whole Pop Group/Pigbag Bristol boho-punk scene."
NME 17 February 2001-edited review
" 'I Thighpaulsandra' is two cd's and over two hours of surreal, menacing, semi-improvised noise... In parts it's stunning enough 'Beneath the Frozen Lake of Stars' is what music would have sounded like if Gong had won World War Two instead of the allies-and even on bits when he disappears down a blind alley you can marvel at the sheer, glassy-eyed, hugeness of it all.
You could ask him to edit it down, you could ask him to write more tunes, but what's the point? 'I Thighpaulsandra defies rock 'n' roll and convention while defying your patience. It comes from another planet, Er, baby" 6 out of 10