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Trip Lava


Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.77 | 10 ratings

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3 stars Some anagram needed? Let's play Boogle ... Scrabble ... or how does it feel? Come what may, it all results in juggling with the vowel 'O', otherwise you won't have a chance to win the competition. Okay, let's go .... ounds = sound ... you've got it? Don't know how many musical trips Joel Lee aka TRIP LAVA has ventured in his career already, this is the third published one at least, as far as I understand. And it took eight years since the release of the forerunner album 'Octratroid'. This means a relatively long hiatus, basically no need to speculate why though. At all events this is an unusual sound package, just like sent via transmitter from another planet.

We all know, this may take time, and afterwards, probably you are not hundred per cent sure that everything has been restored quite exactly. Now having a CD at hand, or ideally a vinyl cover, and enjoying the fine illustrations, this surely is serving some funny benefit. TRIP LAVA comes as a solo project, though comprises drums, keyboards, synthesizer, guitar, bass and vocals. What one regularly would expect from a music collective too. As for the music, well, Joel himself describes this as a 'fusion of collective improvisations, sound collages, minimalism, and free-form jams with funky beats'. Yeeees! Hell, I do need a proposal ... in order to get in completely, to take effect, for having a clue regarding the approach, how often should this be inhaled? Is there any leaflet available? Also concerning potential side effects?

It feels like I'm not skilled to describe what I hear in detail. The unusual blend. The unpredictable flow. Sometimes it's really beautiful. Weird often enough though, definitely useful when intending to terminate your next neighbourhood party, for what reason ever. Gripping, while waiting for the next surprise to come. Cinematic too somehow, could be a soundtrack for a movie possibly. Okay, basically what avantgarde music is standing for. Solely trust your own impression ... hey, and now beam me back to Start, I would like to reserve the letter 'O' once again!

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