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4.02 | 187 ratings

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5 stars Highest Quality Ethno-Space-Jazz Jams

I'm not sure what attracted me to this album compared to all the other Krautrock choices I could have jumped on. Perhaps it was the strange alien illustration on the cover. Probably it had something to do with the reviews referencing world music. In any case, I am so glad I found this album. Of all the albums of jamming I own (and there are many in the J/F, Krautrock, and Space Rock categories), this is probably my favorite. The musicianship is superb, the pacing is well done, and the variety of textures is simply astounding. This is an album that can sit in the background, fill a darkened room, or weather direct and careful inspection. While this is a far cry from composed Symphonic Prog, I think any fan on this site can appreciate the masterful artistry found here.

Every track has something unique to raise the interest level above that of other space-jam artists. The first track, "Back To Where They Come," opens and closes with a watery fast mallet part similar to what King Crimson uses on LTiA. "A Day in my Life" is overtly raga-derived, with very well executed sitar and tabla parts. (I am a huge tabla fan. Any band the effectively incorporates tabla is going to get extra points from me). However, the piece evolves to include electronic space elements that add just a little extra spice. "The Road Not Taken" is more free form, with a humourous spring sound from the bass that is used to tie the piece together. A whole album of this style would have been tedious, but after the fast, ultra-rhythmic track preceding it, it works perfectally. "Khali" is another raga-derived song, but boasts soaring mellotron and is much more open and airy. "For Earthly Thinking" veers more toward Weather Report / fusion range, and boasts some virtuosic bass playing and gamelan style percussion. "Electric Silence" ends the album on a more Pink Floyd, rock vein.

Not everyone is going to like long meandering jams. It's a specific style of listening experience and may bore some. To be certain, ELECTRIC SILENCE is not an album with specific direction or clear big-picture planning. But if you like textural pieces that also sport top-notch playing ability, this may be your album. Again, to this writer, it may be the best of its kind.

Negoba | 5/5 |


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