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THIRD EAR BAND

Third Ear Band

 

Indo-Prog/Raga Rock

3.24 | 24 ratings

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Eetu Pellonpää
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3 stars The third studio record of Third Ear Band continues the group's excursions within archaic oriental-influenced trance labyrinths. The songs are named as the four basic elements of European medieval alchemists' doctrines, relating to the theme from the band's first album. The first element "Air" builds up from a steady beat of tribal drums giving the rhythms for violin to improvise, the whole piece being surrounded by sounds of howling winds (surprisingly). On "Earth" the guitars and drum play a nice fastening and slowing marching progression, which is colored by klezmer sounding oboe lines. This is the best track here in my opinion. "Fire" has quite chaotic one-key violin / oboe improvisations over a tribal drum beat. The last suite "Water" is introduced by rolling waves, the playing starting up carefully with subtle and mystical string sounds. The start of King Crimson's "Providence" improvisation actually resembles this starting quite much in my opinion, until the primitive drumming comes in and the oboe / violin co-playing movement begins, having more constructed pretty melody runs than the majority of the album. The record is interesting, but maybe not extremely impressive album however. If you like acoustic ancient minimalistic music, this is a good source for such sonic charms.
Eetu Pellonpää | 3/5 |

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