a nervous splendor

Pengo

a nervous splendor

LP

breathmint / Carbon Records / Haoma Recordings CR65

Out of stock

The first full-length (non-CDR) release by this group since 2000's Climbs the Holy Mountain, and the first release on the new Haoma Recordings imprint (with help from Carbon and Breathmint). a collection of recordings spanning the years since, showcasing the group's use of the out/pysch/improv/drone aesthetic. with special guest Nuuj on the b-side epic \"What do you mean, Idi Amin?\". edition of 500.


Reviews

  • Skyscraper

    by Matt Kosloff

    a nervous splendor

    The neo-folk and outsider weirdness genres have certainly collided head on, and the attention of critics and fans has been growing phenomenally. While groups like Sunburned Hand of the Man and Six Organs of Admittance garner the most praise (although...
  • Blastitude

    a nervous splendor

    For all the rave this rec was getting, I thought it started on a slightly dubious note, with what is officially the 1,014th combination of post-Siltbreeze "atmosphere" and post-Fahey "roots music" on record, but it's really short and you quickly...
  • Dusted

    by Nathan Hogan

    a nervous splendor

    Apocalypse Now: Luxe & Reduxe Pengo are a dark-bright beacon of madness in the subterranean swamp of psychedelic junk collectors and crummy mystics scavenging the wreckage of our ongoing cultural meltdown. The web of like-minded misfits stretches to Brooklyn, to...
  • Fake Jazz

    by Adam Strohm

    a nervous splendor

    Pengo, a trio from Rochester, NY, have been in existence since 1998, but A Nervous Splendor is only their second full-length release. Issued as the premiere offering of Hahoma Records, a label run by Jason Finkbeiner and John Schoen, 2/3 of Pengo,...
  • Arthur

    by Byron Coley

    a nervous splendor

    Pengo are from upstate New York, and for some reason we usually think of them as being associated with a somewhat brutal form of post-industrial freeform noise-hunch and/or bass-heavy ass-rumblage. And yeah, they still do that, but on this...
  • The Wire

    by Edwin Pouncey

    a nervous splendor

    Dressed in a cover resembling those of the 60s French free jazz/experimental label BYG/Actuel, the second LP (and the debut release from their own Haoma Recordings imprint) from Rochester, New York based bohemian trio Pengo is a set...
  • City Newspaper

    by Dave Cross

    a nervous splendor

    A Nervous Splendor opens with a prayer bell; a call to the heavens that will remain unanswered. For this outing, Pengo's vinyl debut, the Rochester trio's lingua franca seems to be a combination of any or all of the following:...
  • Broken Face

    by Mats Gustafsson

    a nervous splendor

    Pengo is a Rochester, NY trio that consists of John Schoen, Jason Finkbeiner and Joe Tunis, who all should be familiar names by now. If it doesn't ring any bells you have lots of catching up to do and might...