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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars It seems like the band made a conscious attempt to record an album that would be more accessible and easier on the ears than their first record was.This still has it's experimental with silly moments, but they've shortened the songs, and replaced the trumpet with sax. Syd Barrett would be a good reference point to some of these songs, although this has more in common with Krautrock than Psychedelic.

"It's A Rainy Day, Sunshine Girl" has this simple, relentless beat that is joined by piano, then vocals, and finally by guitar. I like this song, it's addictive. "On The Way To Abamae" opens with some dark organ before some nice acoustic guitar and flute take over. Good tune. "No Harm" is the longest track at over 10 minutes. It opens with drums, sax and organ. The sound changes 2 minutes in as guitar, drums and sax create a nice sound. Another change 3 minutes in as the emphasis is on the drums and percussion. Vocals 4 minutes in with some great guitar and bass to follow as it gets a little crazy "So Far" opens with dissonant sounds before a good rhythm comes in with some spacey synths and sounds in the background. Good beat to this one as well.

"Mamie Is Blue" is kind of odd with the machine-like pulse. What is that ? I don't know but it sounds amazing ! Vocals 2 1/2 minutes in. "I've Got My Car And My TV" is a Barrett-like psychedelic tune with the silly lyrics and sounds, there is children singing as well. It's surprisingly catchy late. "Picnic On A Frozen River" is a catchy little number with sax, drums and keys, with the guitar coming in late. Good song. "Me Lack Space..." is experimental with sax and dark piano sounds with no real melody. I like it. "...In The Spirit" is a silly closing track with someone speaking strangely to open with freaky sounds all around. You can hear someone trying to find a radio station. It ends with bass, sax and yelling.

These guys still had lots of great ideas at this point and they aren't repeating themselves at all.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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