Pin It

CD Review: Venture Lift 

click to enlarge Mind Expansion Records, 2007
  • Mind Expansion Records, 2007
The whole point of psychedelia is to split open your mind like a ripe melon and present a new way of seeing things; the word itself springs from the Greek combo of “mind” and “manifest.” What’s emerged from the consciousness of Woodstock’s Stanton Warren in the past several years—namely, his Venture Lift project—is a melding of late-’60s Pink Floyd to the droning shoegaze of Spacemen 3, with all the cerebral meanderings to boot: “Hipporates said first to do no harm / to the philosophers I say as well as the poets and the bards / rise up from your victim manicure / from
your cathode rays to lease again the natural state” (from “Green Earth”). Warren is responsible for a trove of instruments here, and his tranquil voice hovers and slowpokes in the background like pensive specter. He generously brings in a bevy of local luminaries to widen his trippy scope; hopefully, he’ll drag along a few of them for Venture Lift’s Cafe Chronogram performance on October 13 at Muddy Cup in Beacon. Perhaps we’ll be treated to his acid-trip cover, the Syd Barrett/James Joyce gem “Golden Hair” (fingers crossed). Meanwhile, check out the aural fractals at and set your mind free.

Speaking of...

  • Putting the Brakes on Fast Money
  • Putting the Brakes on Fast Money

    Carl Frankel talks with Slow Money Alliance founder Woody Tasch.
    • Apr 27, 2009
  • CD Review: Uncle Rock
  • CD Review: Uncle Rock

    Uncle Rock U., mines folk, funk, and rootsrock for 17 upbeat, flat-out fun tunes that celebrate polar bears, fire engines, grumpy neighbors, and more.
    • Nov 27, 2007
  • Nightlife Highlights
  • Nightlife Highlights

    Handpicked by local scenemaker DJ Wavy Davy for your listening pleasure.
    • Jan 25, 2007
  • More »


Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Readers also liked…

Hudson Valley Events

submit event
Wendy Mass Author Visit @ Merritt Bookstore

Wendy Mass Author Visit

Mon., April 24, 4-5 p.m. — New York Times best selling young adult author of Every Soul a...
Southern Ulster County Chamber of Commerce and Esopus Business Alliance Partnered Mixer @ Molly Rose Pub

Southern Ulster County Chamber of Commerce and Esopus Business Alliance Partnered Mixer

Mon., April 24, 5:30-7:30 p.m. — Southern Ulster County Chamber, and the Esopus Business Alliance, join together again...

View all of today's events

Latest in Music

Related to Music

  • The Moonlights Sunday Brunch
  • The Moonlights Sunday Brunch

    The Moonlights, a debut musical collaboration for families, is making the rounds at a series of live performances, including two of the upcoming Sunday Brunch at the Falcon in Marlboro.
    • Mar 20, 2017
  • Opera in Phoenicia Park
  • Opera in Phoenicia Park

    With its open-air format, where attendees picnic in the parks and watch the stars emerge during performances, and its $5 youth tickets, the Phoenicia International Festival of the Voice is the perfect place to share with children a love of music and theater, in a variety of styles.
    • Jul 25, 2016
  • More »

More by Sharon Nichols

Hudson Valley Tweets