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Korai Öröm


Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.96 | 25 ratings

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4 stars While still operating within a spacey-psych arena, the latin-rock backdrop of old has given way to a more modern techno-funky styled foundation on this most recent offering from Hungarian band Korai Öröm. It is a combination that works fantastically well, the bubbling synths and powerful breakbeats skilfully blending with a variety of acoustic instruments in a sophisticated integration of ethnic styles and electronics that is both infectious and stimulating. They never let things slide remotely near the boredom threshold, the groove constantly changing shape and reinventing itself.

Musically, it is more structured than in previous albums. The aimless trippy meandering that pervades much of the band's earlier work has been replaced by a sense of purpose, helped by short vocal passages, some by a lovely breathy female voice, and a variety of vocal sound-bites. Weaknesses are relatively minor nit-picking: perhaps some of the lead guitar runs are less than inspiring; sometimes the focus isn't strong enough [track 7 has a wonderful chirpy beat but sounds like it is a backing track with the vocal missing]; and, after the genius of 8, it ends a little lamely on the unfocussed and somewhat average 9.

Generally, though, these are glorious soundscapes that flow energetically, absorbing a variety of influences and spewing out an exciting hybrid that tickles the intellect while at the same time getting those feet moving. Tracks 2 and 8, both heavily tinged with Indian atmospheres thanks to vocals and sitar, are stunning masterpieces of space-psych as good as it gets, including some high-octane wall-of-sound 'space jammimg'. Overall, a 'must have' for space-psych fans with a penchant for modern beats and plenty of energy. Oh, and the didgeridoo and jaw's harp still get their turn in the spotlight. Highly recommended!

Joolz | 4/5 |


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