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Seven That Spells


Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.20 | 10 ratings

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Eetu Pellonpaa
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2 stars This album moves to quite radically different direction from the earlier records I have heard, from stoner psychedelia to more aggressive jazzy noise avant tones with math rock flavours. "Fluxion" kicks on with a light stoner riff, joined by electronics and the rhythm section. Menacing bass gives groovy vibes, melodic instruments reach to euphoric states, and instruments fall in to controlled logics. Fast rhythm changes underline this more developed approach in the band's sound. Following "RA" has dark rhythm motives in it's beginning, which shortly disappear to give space for a melancholic jazzy melodies, and then these two elements unite to ethnic drumming and dark ambiences.

The three next songs seem to form a thematic entity "LO", and its first take has post rock oriented solitary guitar waiting impatiently for other instruments to join. They lurk away but still hint their presence, leaving away from the drums in closing. Second take is a bass driven pulsing piece with strong anticipating feeling and controlled chaotic developments, reminding the first album of The Psychic Paramount which I have heard. Third motive has impressive dark jazzy sonic view to grooves, which does quick visits to more hectic planes. John Zorn's jazz violence came as a distant association to my mind from this.

The title track "Black Om Rising" has quite difficult appearing drum lines, which conduct dialogue with bass, creating basis for very beautiful saxophone solo. Later the tune morphs as more uplifting guitar driven rejoicing. Next "Daktari" lounges with wahwah pedals and sudden dramatic changes, before burrowing to deep cosmic caverns. Last track "Tearjerker" continues with fronted bass and kicking rhythms, leading to vigorous chaos sequences, finally concluding to an open ambient shimmering space and electronic hovers.

So, a very different album with much new ideas, and I would recommend to fans of jazzy krautish heavy prog. I admit I personally liked the earlier albums more, but anybody searching experimental record, this is good one from the discography. Nothing technically wrong with it, on the contradictory, the playing skills have grown certainly. Stylistically this was just not my cup of tea.

Eetu Pellonpaa | 2/5 |


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