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THE YUMYUM TREE

Ozric Tentacles

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.60 | 125 ratings

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obiter
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4 stars Ho Hum ... Yum Yum

This is an album which is growing steadily on me. First blush was not good. Having said that I've come to expect a different standard from the Ozrics. They've been a core part of my musical collection since university in the late 80s (thanks again for the introduction Seb).

There's a late 90s Curious Corn/Waterfall Cities feel here. And as you sit back and listen without prejudice it dawns on you ... the groove is back: that intangible feel that oozed from Zia Geelani. Ed is free to place his astounding but restrained licks over the blissful soundscape.

Magick Valley gives you that feeling that you should be listening to this at a festival: sweat mud smell of fresh rain (I'm a frog and I love mud - griff pilchard) - pulsing, hypnotic dance beat with Ed nonchalantly putting Steve Vai to shame.

The title track -oolong, oolong-mooncalf is pure spacerock at it's cultured best. Is there a nod to Hillage in there? Odd weird has a strong bass riff that harks back to Xingu (Waterfall Cities/pyramidion) but the synth is taking a similar strain to Meander (Curious Corn).

Plant music picks up the tempo. A little more middle-eastern feel. there's a lovely swift bass run down the scales about three quarters of the way through after a fast riff throughout. Nakuru fills a gap and so far I haven't got the point of it. There may well be one but I've definitely missed it thus far.

San Pedro picks up the beat with a great bass riff overlaid with that OT signature calming synth: the swan is gliding over the surface but boy is the engine room pumping it out. It's a Ozric paradigm: speed/groove and blissful calming synth with Ed free to lay down great riffs.

Ozric's groove is back.

obiter | 4/5 |

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