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The Spacious Mind


Psychedelic/Space Rock

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4 stars Formed back in 1991 THE SPACIOUS MIND undoubtedly has become an important psychedelic space rock outfit with major influence in Sweden respectively Europe moreover. I'm not sure if they are still active, since their latest regular album appeared in 2014. Anyway, here we have a compilation, released by the acclaimed Trail Records label. Based in New York the company is known for delivering high quality albums again and again. All the songs have been already released around the beginning of this century beforehand, mostly on promos or samplers. The label's trademark however is that all material they receive will be carefully re-mastered in their own studio. As for that a sonic experience is guaranteed per se.

It's not known who exactly was involved on the particular songs. You won't run into surprises though I'm sure, as the core quintet remained stable over the years. This will include Henrik Oja, Thomas Brännström and Niklas Viklund (guitars, bass), Jens Unosson (keys, electronics), as well as David Johansson (drums). More than 60 minutes of mellow space rock are given, featuring a great amount of dreamy relaxed moments overall, just in opposite to a more heavy loaded Hawkwind drive for example. So this is a nice selection mirroring very inspired trips, something suitable for a free-flowing laid back listening session most likely.

Euphoria, Euphoria makes my day especially, the soaring guitars are impressive, the organ is backing the flow in an amazing manner. Concerning the title track you may be inclined to start a competition, as there is a studio and live version given. I'm going for the latter, although being shorter, the driving and mesmerizing groove, the guitars are acting absolutely wonderful. In the same way regarding the following Pink Floyd inspired Spirit Roots. When it goes for some future band activity, according to the cover picture, there might be some light after the tunnel? Come what may, 'The Drifter' is a highly recommended new entry to THE SPACIOUS MIND realm.

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