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Psychedelic/Space Rock

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4 stars Psychophonic oblique rock?

After several months of avoiding discovering new music I dropped in on the progstreaming web site and these guys (actually two guys and one gal) were in the top spot. The cover art looked kind of cool. The music hooked me on first listen.

It's primarily instrumental with some guest vocals. The music is diverse in keeping with the concept of the album - the café is "an interdimensional place, suspended somewhere in the universe, where strange musicians meet each other playing futuristic sessions".

On first impression the music reminds me a lot of one of PFM's newer albums, Stati Di Immaginazione. I guess that shouldn't be too surprising as they hail from Italy and have Franz Di Cioccio on board for production.

The album opens with a nice eleven minutes plus adventurous instrumental Fugua Da (Escape From) Algon. Ah yes, "Algon, fifth world in the system of Aldebaran, the Red Giant in the constellation of Sagittarius. Here an ordinary cup of drinking chocolate costs four million pounds." From an old Monty Python sketch. Space Surfer is another instrumental, surf sci-fi music.

Indian Breakfast, yep, Indian space music, guest drone, sitarific. Never actually had Indian for breakfast, myself.

Next a Rebus in three parts: Game (instrumental, very PFM-ish), Metaphor, and Solution (weird vocals, Mr. Bungle-esque).

Lumacacactus or Snailcactus was actually made into a video. Damn shame MTV doesn't still run videos might have been a hit. They take on a little country and western twang.

The Gnome On The Moon is like Daevid Allen's Gong dropping in on the café.

Zona d'ombra (shadow zone) (thela hun gingeet, thela hun gingeet) '80's King Crimson dropping by?

The party is capped off by another Algon, psychedelic, spacey.

Slartibartfast | 4/5 |


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