Album artwork for Amanita by Bardo Pond

Matador Records celebrates the 25th anniversary of Bardo Pond’s long out-of-print second album and label debut, Amanita, with a newly remastered 2xLP reissue.

Formed in 1991, Philadelphia’s Bardo Pond have spent some thirty years mapping guitar music’s outer limits ­– dialing into extremes of noise, chaos, and harmony in free-form compositions that now unfurl across 12 full-length records and a near-limitless body of EPs, cassettes, and CD-Rs Recorded by the lineup of John Gibbons (guitar), Michael Gibbons (guitar), Isobel Sollenberger (voice, flute), Clint Takeda (bass), and Joe Culver (drums). Amanita is the place where the band’s spontaneous collective creativity blazed into maturity.

“Amanita was a manifesto of everything we were trying to do,” says Michael Gibbons. It was really a template for everything we did later. We were a real unit – just so creative, just making up riffs. There were songs, but they were still rooted in our free-improv base. We had a beauty, but we also had a really strong impulse to be dissonant.”

Bardo Pond

Amanita

Matador
Album artwork for Amanita by Bardo Pond
LPx2 +

$32.99

Purple Vinyl

Released 12/10/2021Catalog Number

LP-OLE-1764LE

Bardo Pond

Amanita

Matador
Album artwork for Amanita by Bardo Pond
LPx2 +

$32.99

Purple Vinyl

Released 12/10/2021Catalog Number

LP-OLE-1764LE

Matador Records celebrates the 25th anniversary of Bardo Pond’s long out-of-print second album and label debut, Amanita, with a newly remastered 2xLP reissue.

Formed in 1991, Philadelphia’s Bardo Pond have spent some thirty years mapping guitar music’s outer limits ­– dialing into extremes of noise, chaos, and harmony in free-form compositions that now unfurl across 12 full-length records and a near-limitless body of EPs, cassettes, and CD-Rs Recorded by the lineup of John Gibbons (guitar), Michael Gibbons (guitar), Isobel Sollenberger (voice, flute), Clint Takeda (bass), and Joe Culver (drums). Amanita is the place where the band’s spontaneous collective creativity blazed into maturity.

“Amanita was a manifesto of everything we were trying to do,” says Michael Gibbons. It was really a template for everything we did later. We were a real unit – just so creative, just making up riffs. There were songs, but they were still rooted in our free-improv base. We had a beauty, but we also had a really strong impulse to be dissonant.”