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Polytoxicomane Philharmonie


Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.14 | 22 ratings

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5 stars In the 70s the free spirit of renewed people was so common, nothing special because the change belonged to all, and so making music meant to insert psychedelic aspects. The experimentation in music gives to us Giants like PINK FLOYD, GONG, HAWKWIND, ELOY, and other little gems, without talking about all Krautrock Sub-genre!

This "miraculous" band appear with another wonderful album, after their debut "Psycho Erectus", that represent an example of modern psychedelia, filled with surreal atmospheres. But now we're talking about their second album. "Drosophila Road". This one looks like a Concept Album, which tells the amazing story of a man, Ned Busckii, that one day becomes a fly.

For the curious the surname of Ned (Buskii) is a variety of a fruit fly (Drosophila busckii). A little curiosity that highlights how brainy they are.

The album floats through a sky of wah-wah, gliding downhill towards voices, noises of everyday life, tribal rhythms and psychotic improvisations. It starts with a ZZZZZZZZZ-zzzzz- ZZZZZZ- of a fly leaving to go somewhere. On the background the roar of a power car introduces the voice of "Commander I.M. Crab", a strange voice that makes more adventurous this journey. To enhance vocals thinks "Howling Mad Fishli", sometimes she let me think to Janis Joplin. It's maybe suggestion? The opening track play as a extravagant rock, with sax of Matelot Au Vin. This is the shortest track. They remember me first GONG- era of Gnome trilogy, (also for their pseudonyms) with some interesting elements, (like phone's ring), which at the end of the track with a mix of voices make the album surreal.

The other tracks, all as a small suites, are structured well (masterfully), with some improvisations, which relate very well with the original album sound line. It's the case of "Mini Rock". Impossible not to follow its rhythm diving into this vortex. "Late Train To Casket Country" starts with tribal rhythms, that keep glued your ears to the stereo!

The apoteosi is "Sotto Voce" with the title written in Italian, (quitely/ in a low voice). It is finely constructed an has psychedelic passages very delicious. One of them is after the psychedelic atmosphere part (one of the best I've ever heard) when on a background of a hypnotic keyboards and a "silent guitar", time is punctuated by a "warm rhythm". Other sound that my mind will never delete, is when the voice of "Howling Mad Fishli" says THIS WILL NEVER HAPPEN with that short bass line unforgettable.

Accompanied by an engaging sax starts the last song "The Mirrorman", probably the most memorable for its musical line more constant and uniform.

Compared with their first album this appear more easy to understand, however with a unique creative power, more concrete and with more experience. A modern Hippy caravan intelligent, cultured and creative with a psychedelic genius. Personally what I was looking for.

5 Stars - Psychedelized!

Utnapishtim | 5/5 |


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