“Incredible Adventures” is a sister release to “Where I've Been Is Places and What I've Seen Is Things” (out simultaneously on LP from Sunrise Ocean Bender records), and features longer tracks from the same sessions that didn't quite fit on that album. Opening with a strum-along hymn to the north 40, concluding via an extended plunge into the great beyond (as begun on “Where I've Been...”), and in between traversing a pair of drifting electronic landscapes that offer glimpses of ambient jazz and gloomy kosmische vistas. As a companion piece to the LP, Incredible Adventures (titled after a book by Algernon Blackwood) delves deeper into the album's terrain, while also expanding into some uncharted spaces out beyond. Four tracks, 38 minutes.
Released by Deep Water Acres.
“This music is perfect for a spirit walk as you stare into Evening Fires, letting the instrumentation take you through psychedelic realms that morph into trance-inducing drone. The tracks are nice and long, giving you enough time to venture out with your mind and then find your way home again, subtly changed for the better.”—KFJC
”…begins with the pastoral vibe of “Big Farmer Big Jesus” a slice of Cosmic Country that is beautiful and sweet as cherry pie, the music swaying like wheat fields in the summer the ever present drone tinged with sadness as autumn approaches.
Throughout these recordings the musicians use a wide ranging collection of instruments meaning that although the pieces have a cohesive feel, changes in the sounds give each track a different texture or tone with “There is No Going Without Returning” having a bright, flickering feel to it, a rumbling bass adding another layer to a full sound that never becomes too overpowering, each instrument adding something to the track. Different again “Unaussprechlichen Kulten” has a darker more menacing atmosphere, an overloaded guitar, possibly a violin, squealing through the piece with intensity, cutting its way through a dense fog of noise, the track harking back to the early days of electronic experimentation especially when some haunting chords burst forth adding a spectral beauty to the mix.
Ending it all, “Staring Down the Gullet Part 3” takes us back to the mellow West Coast vibe easing the listener back to reality and doing so with a great big grin.”—Terrascope
“…Evening Fires are blazing from a musical center that wasn’t so much ignited by the past, as reflected in it from forty years distance, while wondering what might have happened if the whole thing was starting up again now. And then it keeps going, spilling out of the sessions that produced What I’ve Been, and onto a whole other disc’s worth of excursions into even deeper improvisational waters. But never once losing either the atmospheres or the melodies that are so eloquently produced at every unexpected turn.
Of course Incredible Adventures can be enjoyed in isolation, but why would you want to do that? Line up both discs and glue the headphones on tight. And then start tracking down the rest of the Evening Fires discography.”—Goldmine Magazine
“'Big Farmer Big Jesus' is idly pastoral and dreamily melodic, sounding like a drugged but determined orchestra and once again highlighting Evening Fires’ craftsman flair for incorporating dissonance and making it sound heavenly. I like the combination of stringed instruments and organ, singing drones, and what sounds like some kind of strange but enticing bagpipe. 'There Is No Going Without Returning' is a lightly rhythmic space excursion with a parade of melodic bits floating by and a banquet of trippy effects. 'Unaussprechlichen Kulten' combines space atmospherics, drones, and the most freeform of old time German Kosmiche experimentalism to create a sinister yet hauntingly dreamy blend of cosmic Grand Guignol soundtrack and early 70s Teutonic Space-Prog. And winding down the set is the 11 minute Part Three in the 'Staring Down the Gullet of the Great Beyond' series of Space/Psych groove jams, sounding very much like a cross between Amon Düül II and the improvs produced by the Ohio Space Rock band Quarkspace.
In summary, Evening Fires cover a variety of territory, from classic German Space/Kosmiche to avant-freeform Psychedelia. … Definitely different. Check ‘em out.”—Aural-Innovations
""Incredible Adventures" is much more than a companion disc; with four tracks that clock in at 38 minutes, you more or less understand the implicit agreement. These are extended takes, varying from electronic collage - see "Inaussprechlichen Kulten" for example - and ambient jazz to guitar heavy depth diving."—The Active Listener
“…a superb album. There’s some excellent acoustic guitar, improvisation and feedback sounds with great layering of background sounds too. There’s a really nice edge of tension but that said, there’s also great meditative and hypnotic qualities at times and a great improvised / jam feel at times too. The songs are great soundscapes, slowly evolving with great movement in the sound too.”—Andrulian's Blog
“The music here is more experimental but is still a nice companion piece to Where I've Been…The all instrumental disc begins with the psyche infused folk rock of "Big Farmer Big Jesus" where the swirling fuzziness of guitars and synths creates a dense atmosphere. "There Is No Going Without Returning" is a more ambient tune with jangling guitar and trippy synths. A darker and unsettling tone pervades the experimental "Unaussprechlichen Kulten" whereas "Staring Down the Gullet of the Great Beyond (part three)" is ten minutes of pure Appalachian space rock, as the band likes to call it.”—Sea of Tranquility
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