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3.75 | 127 ratings

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4 stars Great laid back krautrock.

One of the things I love about krautrock is that every band in the genre pretty much guarantees a unique approach to the genre and the vast majority of the bands are of the highest quality. In BRAINTICKET's sophomore album 'Psychonaut' the band has for the most part moved on from the oppressively psychedelic wailings (in a good way) of Cottonwood Hill into more laid back ethnic territory.

The album gets off to a great start with 'Radagacuca' with some mysterious organ and flute leading into a bit of bongo drumming before the main part of the song with acoustic guitar and sitar starts up. This song is great, it kinda meanders along pleasantly and the guitar starts playing some more atonal dissonant licks before the whole band drops in and we're treated to a fine psychedelic kraut jam with some great heavy organ and manic laughter. 'Like a place in the sun' is my other favourite song on this album, although I'm not the biggest fan of the chorus the heavy bass driven jamming is to die for and it's probably the closest in style to the music off 'Cottonwood Hill'.

Psychonaut also features some great production, there are a lot of little nuances and some great panning work (simple but effective) here, my personal favourite part about it is the rich, deep, dirty organ sound, probably one of my favourite organ sounds ever. Overall Psychonaut is a very solid kraut album, a bit of a departure from BRAINTICKET's earlier work but definitely a worthwhile album for any fan of krautrock.

FruMp | 4/5 |


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