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Ozric Tentacles - The Floor's Too Far Away CD (album) cover


Ozric Tentacles


Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.61 | 111 ratings

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3 stars Well TBH I;m a bit of a OT head so ...

With over a dozen albums under their belt (and rumours are there's more imminent) it's going to be hard to recreate the magic...

A very chilled intro ... classic soundscapes with the promsie of interweaving patterns inticing you into the mist shrouded forest of Ozric's fabulous world. Ed Wynne's guitar soars above the canopy and spirals to new heights before exploding into a ball of gently fluttering sounds which fall back to earht cushioned by the gentle synth ... it s a dreamworld. The bass approach is different. I'm a huge fan of Zia Geelani and for me his rhythmical influence is a lacking here.

Jellylips is getiing dancier. Not Eat Static though. Vedavox had a vedic vibe (I assume that's what the name's about): nice but doesn't hit the heights. This is difficult territory for a prog band becasue you can't get away from comparisons with Shakti and McLoughlin and that's a comparator that most bands should shy awau from (or face less favourable treatment).

Spacebase is hard core Ozric trippy: maybe only lacking a few bubbles. Nah, let's be honest it's lacking a lot of bubbles.

Disdots was an intriguing title: are we up for mix between Dots Thots type track (would be great - a classic from erpsongs) and Dissolution (awesome track from Pungent Effulgent) ... err no, or in Hot Fuzz terms ...NARP! However, in midsteam we are wowed by some magnificent Ed Wynne and it's got to be said some pretty darn effective and beautifully measured bass runs.

Etherclock: a song which set out the riff early doors: here it is chaps, now listen to what we're goign to do. Standard slow build, synth flows, and froths if not bubbles. Clipped delayed chords with a gaorgeous clean sound. We're still building. A break and then Ed treats us to his more Satriani-esque side (he's normally a bit more Steve Vai). Tempo picks up & drives: a little bit more old school. there's breakdown and, well, it's a bit overdone for me .. sort of a damp squib.

Spalt: I'm expecting fireworks: pyrotechnics take out the first three rows in an unprecedented slaughter of innocents for the glory of rock. Double Narp. Good track, well -ish. Synth, drums and well bass and synth and guitar and synth and sort of bland. With all that the guiter officianados will like another Edfest near the end.

And so to sleep perchance to dream ...Ping. Different and nice fretless bass (gotta be said it doesn't need the precussion). Bulds fairly effortlessly and blands out.

it's OK but way way way down the OT playlist.

obiter | 3/5 |


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