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Far East Family Band


Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.13 | 139 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars There are two albums from this band that are absolutely must haves for anyone who is into Krautrock or Psychedelic / Spacerock music. There's this one called "Parallel World", and the other is the only album they put out under their original incarnation called FAR OUT. I prefer the latter for it's killer guitar, while this one is more trippy with plenty of electronics and influence from producer Klause Schulze.

"Metempsychosis" opens with the sound of the wind blowing as drums come in and a catchy beat with them. Spacey sounds arrive before 3 minutes. "Entering" is a 16 minute track dominated by spacey sounds. We get some mellotron in this one, and the first 5 minutes are mellow and drifting. Some vocal sounds before we finally get a beat 6 minutes in led by drums and bass. The dreamy sounds continue though,and we get some synths shooting around 10 minutes in. The drumming sounds great after 11 minutes. The song explodes 14 minutes in as cosmic debris is falling everywhere.

"Kokoro" is a slow moving song with Japanese vocals, mellotron and spacey sounds. The guitar 3 1/2 minutes in is a highlight as it simply soars as a full sound arrives. Nice. The melancholic melody is back 5 minutes in before the guitar and a powerful soundscape closes out the song in an amazing way. The final track "Parallel World" clocks in at over 30 minutes. This song is a trip filled with spacey sounds, some spoken words, bass, synths, mellotron and drums leading the way. Maybe you have to be into Krautrock and Psychedelic music to appreciate how incredible this song is. It's a ride, just like the picture on the front cover of the album.

Easily 4 stars but i'm sure to many this is a 5 star record.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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