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PARALLEL WORLD

Far East Family Band

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.14 | 85 ratings

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Sinusoid
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5 stars Very well has the potential to be THE represenative of the site's ''Psychedelic/Space Rock'' sub- genre.

I was first exposed to Far East Family Band via NIPPONJIN, an album that I thought had a lot of potential but marred by relatively weak production and too many filler segues. Despite being longer than NIPPONJIN, PARALLEL WORLD seems to weed out filler. I believe Klaus Schulze is involved with the production of this album; I'm not familiar with his solo works, but in terms of FEFB albums, the production takes a quantum leap forward making PARALLEL WORLD far more enjoyable.

Most importantly, the psychedelic pieces flow well, as if time is going in slow motion as you listen (I want to say it's a goal psychedelic band strive for). The Floydian ''Kokoro'' is the only lagging track, but still enjoyable in the least. ''Metempsychosis'' sounds like more of a lead-in to ''Entering/Times'', but those two tracks sound better played consecutively. ''Entering/Times'' has that great climactic build that I am a complete sucker for, complete with hypnotically stellar drumming from Shizuo Takasaki.

The real treat is that title epic that runs for a half hour. It is an excellent piece of psychedelia, that sounds something like Tangerine Dream cross-pollenating with Eloy, but not an exact clone of either band. The first major guitar riff is the highlight moment of the pieces augmented when the vocals puncuate everything great that is going on musically. The trance inducing keyboard section at the end works as effectively as those Tangerine Dream moments of beauty.

FEFB push the most effective buttons here. PARALLEL WORLD is a stunningly wondrous work of psychedelic music that represents its genre quite effectively.

Sinusoid | 5/5 |

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