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Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.86 | 48 ratings

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3 stars This album casts Steve Wilson's quest for music exploration in addition to his collaboration with his band Porcupine Tree and other projects namely No-Man, Bass Communion and Blackfield. IEM which stands for "The Incredible Expanding Mindfuck" is basically Steve Wilson's one man band because he plays all instruments by himself; exploring his capability in soundscape and space psychedelic. All four tracks plus one bonus track featured in this CD have indidually comprises music with basic repetition while sound effects from instrument used by Steve Wilson provides multitude of musical textures throughout the album.

The album opener"The Gospel According to the I.E.M" (12:56) is opened with approximately one-minute ambient music in silent mood followed with repeated drum beats and basslines overlaid by keyboard work and effects that brings the music flows. He music is similar with Ozric Tentacles with less variations in sound effects. The second track "The Last Will and Testament of Emma Peel" (8:08) is very eplorative in nature because it basically an experimental piece using the sound of keyboard and soundscape. "Fie Kesh" (8:23) is a song with an excellent rhythm section combining solid bass lines, percussive and keyboard sounds exploration. The music is enriched with acoustic and electric guitar improvisations that make the song is enjoyable despite repeated rhythm section. "Deafman" (9:01) is another track with keyboard melody and guitar. My CD has one bonus containing "Headphone Dust" (6:18) which basically combines simple acoustic guitar fills combined with soft keyboard work and guitar fills.

It's a very good album especially for those who like space psychedelic music and soundscape exploration. Sonic quality is excellent except bonus track. Keep on proggin' ..!

Progressively yours, GW

Gatot | 3/5 |


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