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Ozric Tentacles

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.51 | 75 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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2 stars This debut was actually distributed by means of cassettes but is now available (and affordable) on CD (as a combo with "Tantric Obstacles" for instance).

Some tracks, like the opener like "Velmwend" are rather "Hawkwind" oriented and are by far the best out of this early release. Some parts are really boring, like the reggae-oriented "Thyroid". But the major problem with this work is just song writing. It sounds as a long psychedelic jam and that's it!

All these space sounds have been heard already a zillion times (remember, this record saw the light in 85) and is frankly quite unnecessary. Average instrumental music, more related with a soundtrack style than a creative one.

The whole doesn't sound too bad (if you would except the poor and already mentioned "Thyroid") but highlights are hard to be found. Actually, I couldn't manage to find one. This long recording being a succession of space-rock themes with little feeling. Probably OK while you are in a contemplation mood but if you're looking to innovation and subtleness, I'm afraid that you have to knock on the next door.

I use to listen to this type of music (enjoying it, don't get me wrong) while coming back home from work after an exhausting day of stress and traffic jams. Under these circumstances, this is a fine affair. But if you listen to this record carefully, analyzing every bits and bytes, then you might be somewhat frustrated. One of my fave being the repetitive and hypnotic "Tidal Otherness".

The upbeat and very short "Erp Riff" being another good moment from this offering. But songs as "Descension" or "Dots Thots" (again reggae-oriented) can't really move me. Uninspired stuff, really. The band is also heading some very good TD sounds ("Pheadra" period) during "Misty Gliss". Since I was a TD freak in those times, I admit that I quite like this piece although it ends quite abruptly.

I'm afraid that there is little to add. Almost no highlight here, some basic music and no real breathtaking tracks (even if "Clock Drops" and its wild beat is OK) couldn't be enough to score above the two stars rating.

ZowieZiggy | 2/5 |

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