I know you and in slumber/I’ve got your number/And it’s written on your forehead.” Such is the offering in “Camp of the Gypsies,” from the spiritual consciousness cosmonauts-cum-psych-rockers Yahowa 13. The intraneural exploration by Yahowa 13 began in the 1970s when members of the Source Family—a psychedelic commune in the Hollywood Hills— formed the musical group with their leader Father Yod at the helm. When Yod died in 1975, they disbanded, but in 2007, original members Djin Aquarian, Octavius Aquarian, and Sunflower Aquarian began touring again. On Magnificence in the Memory, Yahowa 13 returns to the manic world of bizarre rock first populated by Can and Captain Beefheart. The album resuscitates the otherworldly jams and chants that makes Yahowa 13 a mindbending pleasure whether you’re tuning in or dropping out.
from Musica Univeralis Column for Flaunt Magazine, Issue 103 2009