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HEX

Bark Psychosis

 

Post Rock/Math rock

3.99 | 45 ratings

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Gooner
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5 stars The best kept secret of 1994. Bark Psychosis released one of the most addictive and unique Progressive Rock albums of the '90s. On "Hex", Bark Psychosis is covering uncharted territory. They cover with ease - ambient, minimalism, free-improvisation, space- rock, and have a real knack for gorgeous, catchy and dreamy melodies (rampant throughout) all in the space of 5 to 8 minutes "pieces", not songs. This is neither Symphonic, Fusion, Jazz, RIO, or Zeuhl. An extension of the direction of later period Talk Talk, really. Similar to Tortoise, but more melodic, lyrics and not entirely instrumental. The vocals are very laid back, and the instrumentation is as follows: piano, Hammond organ, bass, samples and programming, trumpet, cello, viola, flute, vibes, drums, guitar (very minimal), djembe and Melodica. Bark Psychosis would appeal to fans of Tortoise, Rain Tree Crow, mid preiod Porcupine Tree(especially "Moonloop"), later period Talk Talk & the ambient works of '80s King Crimson (such as "The Sheltering Sky" and "Nuage"). Fans of Brian Eno's "Another Green World" would also approve. I rank this highly on the originality scale alongside Gentle Giant's "Acquring The Taste" (my fave of all time), but of course, Bark Psychosis is the best of the pick in the "post rock" genre. "Hex" should be in the top 5 for recommendations of "post rock" on this site.
Gooner | 5/5 |

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