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Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.15 | 27 ratings

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4 stars 'Liventure #21' is mastered by Alisa Coral (Space Mirrors, Psi Corps) and includes the instrumental highlights of VESPERO's stage performances in the course of the year 2009. So first of all it's remarkable that Natalya Tujrina is missing this time, which reduces vocal contributions to a minimum really. On the other hand they surprise again when coming back to several cello respectively violin additions which serves a slight chamber touch in some way. What stays in any case are the band's trippy spacey arrangements which are backed by a somewhat jazzy rhythm branch sometimes.

Most of the songs are not featured on their regular albums - a big plus for the listener who wants to explore something new with every release. Now Crabs Ashore is one exception, taken from their debut 'Rito', provided with a grooving behaviour, a very dynamic snapshot really, longing back to the early years. Drummer Ivan Fedotov shines with his lively style - wonderful!

Turquoise in opposite is nearly completely venturing out of their common stylistical behaviour, drums are missing here, the song is dominated by meandering oscillations mainly, only towards the end Arkadiy Fedotov's bass is awakening. Cosmos is typical for the bands attitude to deliver surprising arrangements - they start with relaxed soaring guitar and violin, twittering synths ... but when this restless propulsive bass comes in - definitely contrasting - the song immediately gets a new flavour.

The two remaining songs Silver Rainbow and Lino (once featured on 'Liventure #19' before) are more of a common space rock outfit with tribal jazzy drums and a terrific hypnotic deep toned bass. Alexander Kuzovlev's guitar is always underway towards new destinations. I can only recommend to investigate VESPERO's innovative experimental attitude. Every new album they offer is an adventure by all means.

Rivertree | 4/5 |


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