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THE ECLECTIC MEASURE

Hypnos 69

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.87 | 75 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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4 stars I guess that this band belongs to the new wave of "space and psychedelic" bands like "Oceansize" for instance.

Strong and heavy sounds combined with pleasant melodies, even spacey moments (but not too much of these). The title track is therefore very instructive of their style. A highlight. This album flirts with heavier sounds ("The Eclectic Measure") and at times with some Van Der Graaf Generator ones ("I And You & Me" part two).

The beauty and grandeur of a song as "Forgotten Souls" will leave you breathless as I am, I guess. Whispering vocals la "Riverside", superb bass (but this is one of their TM). Great mellotron lines (I guess that "Anekdoten" are not alien to the renaissance of this great instrument).

A short instrumental break featuring sweet sax will be your transition to "The Antagonist" which is rather .different. Wild, wild, wild. But the band has already cope with these violent moods. If ever you like some energetic beats, you'll be lucky. Almost hard-rocking. And good one. Dynamite, my friends!

If ever you happen to like "Schizoid", then check out for "Ominous". Vocals especially. This is another of their powerful piece of music from this album which shares many of them. These guys are quite interesting and should deserve more of your attention. Only for reviews for this very good album is not fair. And half of those come from Belgian reviewers.Come on!

And the next "Point Of No Return" has more to do with PT than with "Kansas" of course (this should have been Know Return otherwise.). And those mellotron sounds during "Deus Ex-Machina" (no relation either with this Italian band) are so glorious, beautiful, splendid.OK, I'll stop here. Well, just let me tell you that the finale is fantastic.

If ever "Oceansize", "Porcupine Tree" or "Anekdoten" are amongst of your fave bands, this Belgian one needs your attention (and I'm not telling this because "Hypnos 69" is one of the very few good bands currently available form my musically desert country (but we do have beers, chocolates, Bruges, Justine Henin, Jacques Brel, Eddy Merckx etc.). I haven't listened to such a good Belgian album since "Jester" from "Machiavel". But this was in 1978.

Four solid stars.

ZowieZiggy | 4/5 |

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