First off, this release is guaranteed to take the 'best cover art' category this year – hands down – for anyone who manages to get their paws on this limited-to-seventy-copies gem. See if you can take this all in: Senior casts himself as the Hebrew version of “Heliocentric Worlds”-era Sun Ra, gets Plastic Crimewave to draw it up, and then has Jacob Horwood – of Bennifer Editions fame – screen print the results on a seven-inch sleeve. The concept, not to mention the artwork, alone is worth the price of admission, kids!
For all of you who fall into the 'substance over style' category of psychedelic sound warriors, I have good news for you. This beast of a disc will slay your pants off! Chock full of cosmic, reverberating guitar/synth drone worship – drawing many parallels to Justin Wright's Expo '70 project – “Cathexis – Volume 1” is Senior's most epic statement thus far. Originally laid to tape at the tail end of the 1990s, when space-rock was all the rage, this whopping five-track, seventy-minute monster resides far out in the ionosphere, collecting the sun's rays. I have no idea why these recordings went unreleased for so long – admonishment from the psych/drone gods is in order. Senior must have been biding his time, prescient of the lust for damaged space tones possessed by a future clan of psychonauts. No time like the present, I suppose! 10/10 -- Bryon Hayes (2 December, 2009)