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ALMOST MADE IT IN THE USA

Zenith Effluveum

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.92 | 3 ratings

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DamoXt7942
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4 stars What an interesting obscurity. ZENITH EFFULUVEUM have done a fantastic "controversial" work via this only one album.

The first burst "Almost" is already a killer for the audience. After a vague explosion with percussion, scattered voices and plays completely get liquified like smelly grease. This texture is so psychedelic (in a sense, of Krautrock) that we cannot easily accept their heavier rock sounds launched later. Without intention, we are likely to hum their funky phrases. "Almost Made It In The USA" sounds in the same vein of the previous burst but for us more freakout and unrefined actually. Not simply spacey but experimental and persistent like Can's "Monster Movie" (hm, also voices sound like Malcolm's lol). Yeah exactly, not unified at all ... the latter part has fascinating acid folk-ish flavour all around like Siloah or Ya Ho Wha 13. The following "Millions" is stickier and crazier, with the taste of the previous acid folk. Deep drumming dread knocks our ears gradually away into their infernal space, along with trippy, kinky instrumental outrage. Drone shouts during their slimy psychedelia are quite impressive. Cannot find any stability via their play upon Side A.

"Opie - Plod Rock - Wholes" suite upon Side B can be called as their musical (and life) collective, let me say. Each part is not so novel nor innovative but bluesy psychedelia based upon guitar fuzzes, mad piano quakes and cheesy voices really. But wait, the "commune" of all the parts can launch magnificent power along with their freaky shout bombs, unrefined piano traps, and especially drunken guitar footprints, all of which can drive us crazy. Dirty laundry psychic agents are launched and spoil our brain directly in rapid succession. Anyway the middle scene "Plod Rock" has a bit melodious chops and we cannot help chuckling. Basically they played dead seriously and eccentrically, so the horn section sounds like a joke, honestly to say. The last voices and sounds are too tumbledown for us to avoid listening hard ... Can be called as a "demolished, wacky psychedelia", that should get controversy amongst progressive (particularly psychedelic progressive) fans. Recommended as an unknown / eccentric gem.

DamoXt7942 | 4/5 |

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