Hash Jar Tempo – Well Oiled (1997)

This collaboration between Bardo Pond and experimental guitarist Roy Montgomery is basically everything psych rock rolled into one album. And then some. If Pink Floyd’s music is lunar, Hash Jar Tempo’s music is intergalactic. -sputnikmusic.

Recorded in a one day session, Well Oiled lives up to the Krautrock-inspired goof of the band name (think Ash Ra Tempel) without simply replicating the time. Instead, it very much is what is promised, a collaboration between Roy Montgomery and Bardo Pond that lives up to the experimental and exploratory heights both are easily capable of. All cuts are untitled, and given the improvisational nature of the disc, the feeling is that of just listening in on six fine players working together and seeing what can happen without prompting. Unlike the group’s semi-namesake, Hash Jar Tempo doesn’t punish and haunt so much as it does engagingly trip out, with the right head-nodding pace and echoing chimes that will attract both older stoners and younger shoegaze freaks. –full review at… allmusic.

Track List:
01 – untitled (13:33)
02 – untitled (1:58)
03 – untitled (13:05)
04 – untitled (11:09)
05 – untitled (13:51)
06 – untitled (18:44)
07 – untitled (6:01)

LineUp:
– Roy Montgomery (guitar)
– Michael Gibbons (guitar)
– John Gibbons (guitar)
– Clint Takeda (bass)
– Ed Farnsworth (drums)

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Hash Jar Tempo – Under Glass (1999)

Under Glass is another release from two already great abstract projects — the Hash Jar Tempo moniker denotes a collaboration between New Zealand’s Roy Montgomery and the Bardo Pond, artists whose individual work explores the extremes of spacey, atmospheric rock. Under Glass consists of eight long compositions formed from slow-building swells of sound, sometimes with a dramatic, lumbering feel and sometimes with a more drugged-out and sedate tone. The aspect of the group’s work that separate them from similar projects, however, is their use of indistinct, barely present bits of drums and vocals, making Under Glass seem less like an exercise in ambience and more like a spacey rock band as seen through a dense and disorienting fog. -allmusic.

Track List:
01 – Prälaudium Und Fuge. D-Moll (10:29)
02 – Labiomancy (8:44)
03 – Sources In Cleaveland (4:56)
04 – Hymenoptera In Amber Crybaby (9:42)
05 – Atropine (16:58)
06 – In The Cells Of Walken’s Corti / Gravitational Lens Opera (5:16)

LineUp:
– Roy Montgomery (guitar)
– Michael Gibbons (guitar)
– John Gibbons (guitar)
– Clint Takeda (bass)
– Isobel Sollenberg (vocals)
– Ed Farnsworth (drums)

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