Sonic Boom – All Things Being Equal – Ltd Ed, Black Vinyl, LP, Foil Jacket, Poster, Print, Carpark, 2020
Sorry for the crappy images. It’s a foil-sheen jacket and it’s impossible to scan.
2020 release. It’s auspicious that Sonic Boom’the solo project and nom-deproducer of Peter Kember (Spectrum, Spacemen 3)’returns in 2020 with it’s first new LP in three decades. Kember’s drawn to the year’s numerological potency, and this intentionality shines into every corner of All Things Being Equal. It’s a meditative, mathematical record concerned with the interconnectedness of memory, space, consumerism, consciousness’everything. Through regenerative stories told backwards and forwards, Kember explores dichotomies zen and fearsome, reverential of his analog toolkit and protective of the plants and trees that support our lives. Sonic Boom’s second album and first for Carpark began in 2015 as electronic jams. The original sketches of electronic patterns, sequenced out of modular synths, were so appealing that Stereolab’s Tim Gane encouraged Kember to release them instrumentally. ‘I nearly did,’ confesses Kember, ‘but the vibe in them was so strong that I couldn’t resist trying to ice the cake.’ Three years later, a move to Portugal saw him dusting off the backing tracks, adding vocals inspired by Sam Cooke, The Sandpipers, and the Everly Brothers (which he admits ‘don’t go far from the turntable pile’), as well as speculative, ominous spoken word segments