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HIGH AND INSIDE

ST 37

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

2.98 | 5 ratings

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TheGazzardian
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3 stars ST 37's latest release is an interesting one. It features a lot of psychedelic jam-outs, some more structured pieces, and a decent dose of humour.

In terms of more jam oriented music, I haven't heard a lot that I have liked yet. Jams can turn out to be really great, but they can also be long, aimless and sprawling - not aspects of music that I am a huge fan of. So to my ears, unless a jam is really good, it can easily sound like just noise.

Where I am going with this is that the more psychedelic instrumental pieces on this album, such as Maroons and Grandpas Birthday, are somewhat uneven. They can range from great to puzzling in a single track.

Fortunately, this album is by no means a one trick pony. It has quite a few tracks that, while still quite fuzzed out and psychedelic in nature, have a more composed sound to them, and are usually accompanied by vocals. These tracks are enjoyable, and hark back to the punk roots of the band.

One of the two tracks that really stand out to me, personally, on this album are Borg9. If the name reminds you of Revolution9, it should - but instead of the phrase "Number 9" being repeated, here it is a rather odd laugh track.

The other track is The Saga of Old Blue, a tale about a lawnmower that is made interesting simply because of the way it is told - a voice digitally treated to sound like its source is no longer in tip top shape, over some old-west guitar, retells the tale of this blue lawnmower and it's cat-like nine lives. It is quite a humour piece if you pay attention to the lyrics.

Overall, this album can be described as a little bit bizarre and uneven. It has some really interesting moments and some that just seem to wander. I'd recommend this more to those who like sprawling spaced out music, simply because there is a fair amount of that on this album, but if you're looking for an eclectic mix of adventurous music with a psych edge, this album is sure to have something for you.

TheGazzardian | 3/5 |

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