World take drones, psychedelics, and the free music concept and collide them together in order to make sound that is very now, very spiritual, and very of the moment. Made up of Adam Forkner (Yume Bitsu) and Honey Owen (Nudge & Jackie O Motherfucker), the duo tap into elements of their respective bands but don't really come close to replicating the tremendous noise either is known for.
This album is reminiscent of many of the free psych/free folk cult/commune workouts served up via private press LPs in the post hippie 60s and spiritual revival of the 70s. Forker & Owen allow the moment to take over as the dictator of what will become music; no real precepts of what should be... just what is. 'Why Don't You Let Your Hair Down' & 'Come Together' present the duo as sophisticated manipulators of instruments and electronics as well as skilled improvisors. Both tracks tend to meander occasionally and come off a little unfocused at times but given the length of the tracks (16 & 24 minutes respectively) it's bound to happen. The most solid track of the album and best example of what I think World is trying to accomplish would be the middle track 'NOW is Forever' which is comprised of over twenty minutes of guitar drones and bells book-ended with simple piano lines and rudimentary percussion. This one track is so good that if this disc were to offer that song alone, it would still be worth the asking price. Its transportive, transcendent nature allows for some instant heavy enlightenment in even the most hectic of contexts. If 2006 started off bad, check this out; it'll clean out your mind and shift it into a way more positive space. 9/10 -- Chris Jacques (27 June, 2006)