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Days Between Stations


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4 stars Don't miss the train ...

DAYS BETWEEN STATIONS - a suitable name and label for this music. It's not unrealistic to imagine you're riding a train - for example I think of Siberia/Russia because I've been there last year - watching the endless nature, speculating about mankind's future and - for the perfect background - listening to this album which has a very nice melancholic flow. Above all the two long tracks are taking enough time to evolve and - after some rounds - really unfold their beauty. This is dreamy mellow in the whole what the band delivers with many psychedelic and ambient elements plus some nice brass contributions.

Even if the long tracks are the album's specials it's strongly recommended to hear this album in its entirety. And then at once you will hit upon one piece which differs a lot. Radio Song provokes as if it is made to a radio friendly track for leering at the charts. I don't think this was the intention of Sepand Samzadeh and his friends - but who knows? Anyway - this is something like a Kraftwerk output preparing the new wave style mixed with a portion of Robert Smith's The Cure and seems to be incoherent at a first glance. The band members know the deeper sense - for me it doesn't matter at all - it's even very interesting with excellent brass instrumentation coming up as a special change or interlude demonstrating the band's variety.

The album starts off wonderful melancholic with Requiem for the Living. A contradictory song title - an interesting pun at least. Samzadeh's parts are diverse, multilayered, and he sometimes plays his guitar with a special squeaky technique. Oscar Fuentes provides a compelling piano input which leads the song on its way meandering between the stations together with synth strings in the background serving also a classical touch. A good example for their musical sense after working together for some years. On top of it all Samzadeh's uncle is integrated with mysterious wailing vocals based on iranian traditionals I assume.

Reminiscences of Pink Floyd are coming up with Either/Or - the guitar style, but first of all the female vocals, are remembering much at 'The Great Gig in the Sky' - just a deep bow I imagine and valid of course. How To Seduce A Ghost shines as another highlight - very psychedelic once more with nice ethereal electronic goodies and magical guitar/piano parts. Divided in four parts the epic Laudanum appears as the ultimate art rock classic track later on with excellent work by bass player Vivi Rama by the way! More than twenty minutes - the wonderful grooving first half dominated by saxophone, sparkling piano and guitar, the second part provided with a more oppressive chilling dark atmosphere - soundscapes, extensive brass and acoustic guitar contributions included.

Well done - my compliments - not overproduced like some other albums of the genre. All-rounder Sepand Samzadeh has illustrated the cover art reflecting the atmospheric, gripping mood of the songs. An essential one - haunting sentimental art rock with psychedelic roots and avantgarde bordering - should be checked out - don't miss the train for the 'Days between Stations' ...

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