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ANOTHER SHAPE OF PSYCHEDELIC MUSIC

Mythic Sunship

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

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TCat
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4 stars Mythic Sunship is a space rock and psychedelic band from Denmark. 'Another Shape of Psychedelic Music' is the band's fourth album, and 2nd one released this year, 2018. The album consists of 6 tracks totaling over 75 minutes, so they are obviously long and exploratory. The band consists of Rasmus Christensen on bass, Fredrick Denning on drums, Emil Thorenfeldt on guitar and Kasper Anderson on guitar. Jonas Munk also appears as a guest on guitar on 2 tracks and Soren Skov guests on saxophone on every track for this album. The music is neo-psychedelic space rock at it's best with hints of jazz and krautrock throughout.

That being said, 'Resolution' starts out with a solo saxophone backed up with minimal bass. As it moves on, guitars, percussion are added and you are put into a psychedelic yet surprisingly jazzy feel. The guitars will get more intense and then back off throughout the track which is over 14 minutes. At around 6 minutes, the saxophone will begin to get dissonant as the playing gets more frantic. The percussion also eventually falls into a rhythm and the track starts to drive forward. Sustained chords take over the sound as guitars become more powerful, replacing the sax for the most part. The stoner, space rock kicks in at this point overtaking the psychedelic sound. The music has changed from the jazz feel to a heavy rock sound. You will hear the sax come back in at around the 10:30 mark, but the space rock improvisation continues with the sax providing a nice layer to the music. Again, things get wild as it continues.

'Backyard Ritual', which clocks in at over 17 minutes, features the guest Jonas Munk on guitar. It starts off with a cool bass riff which is soon echoed by the guitars and percussion. This provides a basis which repeats for a while before the sax comes in. This is has a nice jazz fusion feel. Excitement and intensity builds creating a nice full sound and a surprisingly accessible beat. A funkiness is established as a new guitar layer is introduced and the sax gets rather sassy as things continue. When the track reaches it's apex, things suddenly get surprisingly heavy, almost like doom rock, as the rhythm moves from it's tribal beat to a more solid rock rhythm and the sax drops off completely. The music flows off of a single chord and becomes a very solid and heavy track which utilizes the krautrock style of improvisation. All of a sudden, you hear the sax come in squealing away, trying to reestablish itself in the mix, which it does eventually. A throbbing bass remains as the sax takes control again. Things start to build again with a Pink Floyd-inspired psychedelic rhythm and echoing guitars as the track becomes reminiscent of 'A Saucerful of Secrets, at least in the percussion. The guitars again start to take over as the sax wails and fights to keep control. Things end up getting chaotic as all the instruments battle and the music spins you around faster and faster until everything collapses This is such an amazing track.

'Last Exit' comes next, and starts immediately in a wild frenzy of noise. Things finally get under control as the bass plays a repeating ascending pattern and the drums get things under control by establishing a foundation. The sax takes over an improvised melody with a guitar complimenting everything. This is wild jazz along the lines of some of Miles Davis' more intense music. The music builds and ebbs around a foundation that is built around a single chord for over 8 minutes.

'Way Ahead' follows this track, and is the shortest track on the album, but it is still over 7 minutes. A solo guitar plays a great riff which eventually is joined by drums. This one feels immediately like some of the band's tracks off of previous albums, as it is more solid like stoner rock, but the sax is still there, just not as apparent. This one flows along nicely with snippets of improvised guitar driving the song forward. For the most part, this track is pretty straightforward heavy space rock. After a while, things get more intense and at around 6 minutes, things just go crazy and all of the musicians just open up and let everything fly.

'Out There' returns to tracks that are double digit in length at over 13 minutes. A slow strummed guitar and a pensive sax start the track and soon others join in with some crashing cymbals, shimmering guitar arpeggios deep in the mix and a slow drum pattern. Improvised guitar chimes along with a slight echo. The guitars are wailing a lot more on this one and again the sax is kept to the back of the mix. The rhythm stays at a slower, stoner beat. As things build, everything speeds up, the guitars having free range to move this forward and they push the speed of the rhythm faster and faster. As it nears the end, the noise gets cleaned up a bit as drums pound out a rhythm with the guitars finding a repetitive groove, which soon gets joined by the sax. This time, they let the sax carry the song forward. The unchanging chord puts us back into krautrock mode. This finally gives way to an alternating chord pattern as each layer drops away to silence.

'Elevation', another 13 minute behemoth, ends the album. This starts off with a repeating guitar riff and a slow tribal rhythm. Echoing guitar chords sound off in the background as plucked high strings also play. The sax only plays an occasional sustained note or plays very soft and low as everything else shimmers over the top of it. As it continues, you get that nice, floating feeling, and you tend to easily get lost in this track. Everything tends to melt together as you listen, almost creating a drone like atmosphere, but it's not a drone, it just gives that same feeling. One of the guitar layers starts churning out a improvised solo and the sax comes along to join in the fun. You notice that things are building again, but this time, the rhythm stays the same without increasing in tempo. A heavier guitar churns away and even the percussion drops off to let it continue thumping the same note. Soon, it all starts again, same slow rhythm, but the sax is now much more active, squealing and squawking its way along. Things eventually speed up towards the end as it pounds toward the finish.

This is an amazing Psychedelic/Spce Rock album which pushes the boundaries of the genre into pschyc-jazz and incorporates new genres of shoegaze and drone at times and doing it all improvisationally. This is a definite step forward with neo-psyc music that is easy to get lost in as you listen. The band plays with tightness and assertively. The only real drawback is the lack of variety, but this album definitely packs a wallop and brings back psychedelic music and space rock with a vengeance.

TCat | 4/5 |

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