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Julian Cope’s ODIN

I am fucking delighted to note that Julian Cope’s immense and marvellous ODIN is available as a paid download from Head Heritage Merchandiser. I’ve played my ten-year-old copy of the original CD to death, and it has a habit of wandering around the house and disappearing for weeks at a time. (It is in fact currently missing from my desk, despite having been played just two weeks ago. I suspect shenanigans. However, I’m quite happy to give M’Lud Yatesbury another seven quid.)

ODIN — more correctly "Breath Of Odin" — is a 73-minute-long vocal drone/breathwork piece interwoven with Mellotron.

(Mellotron – Mythic Resonance – connections – Strawberry Fields Forever – Atom Heart Mother – Space Ritual – Fripp – Phaedra – L Ron Hubbard – and, in the year of ODIN, Sigur Ros)

It’s meditative music, to be sure, ritual music, the sound of the sky slowly tearing open… but it’s also deeply grounded music, to me. Hell, if it were up to me, this’d be our National Anthem. A swirling rush of mantra and harmonics that is in fact the sound of history summoning itself out of the ground.

I could go on at embarrassing length about this, quite my favourite Julian Cope work (and I’ve been listening to him for more years — more decades — than I care to remember). If you’ve got the spare scratch, treat yourself. I’m just happy I’ve got a backup of my wandering CD. It’s going on my mp3 player for the flight to Dundee at the end of the month.



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  1. Very nice indeed. I clearly need more Cope. On a similar theme, you may like Invercauld’s ‘Tiamhaidh’. It’s an ambient project built up from loads of samples taken in various natural Scottish locations. Available on iTunes.

  2. Misha Misha

    If you’ve not heard it already you should have a listen to “Queens of the Circulating Library” by COIL. Though credited to COIL the sole musician on the piece is Thighpaulsandra who was Julian Cope’s keyboardist for several years and is now a member of Spiritualized. The piece is very similair to this but is more obviously electronic in nature – lot’s of swirly analogue and FM synthesisers buried under copious layers of reverb and modulation along with the sound of a welsh librarian speaking some very stern warnings – crazy stuff.

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