Salamander were formed in 1992 in Minneapolis by guitarists Erik Wivinus and
Sean Connaughty to perform psychedelic jams in a style that merges
Cul De Sac and Flying Saucer Attack,
progressive-rock and ambient-rock.
Doug Morman (bass) and Bryce Kastning (drums) complete the line-up on
Red Ampersand (Camera Obscura, 1998), a collection of mostly
free-form abstract pieces (recorded years earlier).
Carved Into Water is the ghostly ambient track that best summarizes
Red Mantra (Camera Obscura, 1999) collects more material from the vaults
and a couple of new pieces. The highlight is the
25-minute Red Mantra, a Valentyne Suite for the
Bardo Pond generation.
Bent Hemlock (Camera Obscura, 2005) displays the same virtues of the
debut album, but the material is bit unfocused and possibly too varied.
The songs feel more like raw fragments (no matter how cute) than finished goods.
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