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Subarachnoid Space


Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.88 | 7 ratings

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4 stars Also Rising marks clearly the departure of the band from their improvised psychedelic debuts to a more structured music. With this album, Subarachnoid Space delivers constructed and evoluting songs, rather agressive or calm, but always frigthening. The addition of the air organ contributes to the mysterious atmosphere.

The opener The Harsh Facts of Life is a perfect example of the group's slight change of direction. Powerful and tortured, the introduction make me think a little of some passages from Radiohead's OK Computer. The second part of the song is more chaotic and mystical, yet organised and terrifying. A great moment ! Deep End opens more slowly to grow in intensity and finally explode, to go on with he the "untitled" song, a pretty good down- tempo spacey tune taking place in the no man's land. The next track, Angel Food is very light and relaxing, constrasting with the band's debut raw songs. A little jazz feel arrive with Burn Shot and Tucson, both groovy and icy. The floating guitar is very inspired and will project you to another spaces. The Radiohead and Post-Rock influences come back again with the ambient and dissonant Dateland. Landscapes of desolation are put in music with the pounding Down Nod Out, while destruction is featured by the powerful Tigris and its elongated guitar playing and vaporous atmosphere.

With this record, Subarachnoid Space rediscover 70s' psychedelia by showing more modern influences such as Godspeed You Black Emperor!, but always with their own touch. As one of their more varied release, Also Rising is cold, floating, terrifying, jazzy, calm and tortured, but always deep and growing. Very recommended to Psychedelic and Post-Rock fans !

Modrigue | 4/5 |


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