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4 stars Another space-psych band from Hungary, and like countrymen Korai Öröm they have moved away from their rockist roots towards a techno based sound. But, while Korai Öröm are still a space-psych band with techno beats, Colorstar have become a techno-pop band with space-psych overtones where melody is a major element. If approached with that in mind, then this is a very enjoyable album, full of infectious synthesized beats, catchy tunes and memorable vocals which often drift away into something else - often trippy psych guitar, but there is some funk in there too with the occasional extended solo or rhythmic work-out.

Most tracks are securely founded in synths, samples and sequencers, with some acoustic percussion. Electric guitar is used mostly as a rhythm instrument though there is an occasional riff like in the excellent title track which really takes off in its later stages when the guitar joins the fray. All tracks are of medium length, mostly relying on beats and tunes to carry them through rather than any overt Prog tendencies. The exception is the finale - the creepy Fragrance - a progressive song featuring an evocative languid mood with lots of spacey synths [and a Farfisa?], a distinct Arabian flavour, and wonderful driving beat just after half distance.

The album is at its best when the band switch into overdrive [Komfort, Another Day and Fragrance] or when they produce a memorable melody [Light Up The Stars]. Oh, and just when you have settled comfortably into the prevailing mood, they go and mix things up a little with a pounding bass/drums/guitar combo powering the bouncy Rollerskate. I guess that's why I love this album. I may know little about techno or dance, but these guys have developed an intelligent hybrid that satisfies on many levels. Overall, not as out-and-out space-psych as some of their peers, but a very rewarding experience and worth seeking out.

Joolz | 4/5 |


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