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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars Everything changed for this band when they saw PINK FLOYD live in concert . At that time they were called FREE SOUND and they quickly started doing FLOYD covers. It wasn't until the spring of 1971 that the band decided to stop doing FLOYD covers and start making their own music. With this change they decided to change their name as well to PULSAR. So not surprisingly the debut here does bring PINK FLOYD to mind at times. This is laid back, spacey music with flute and when they breakout we get fuzzed out guitar expressions. The vocals are in French. The band knew David Sinclair (CARAVAN) who had a girlfriend in the town they lived in called Lyon. David played often with the band during rehearsals. He suggested they contact Kingdom Records the label that CARAVAN and KHAN were signed to. So they did and became the first French band to be distributed by an English label.

"Pulsar" opens with spacey sounds and drums arrive a minute in. This reminds me of FLOYD. Explosions 2 1/2 minutes in and the sound of someone running and breathing heavily. Cool section. "Apaisement" opens with spacey sounds as guitar, cymbals and bass join in. Reserved vocals too. This is dreamy stuff. The vocals stop but return before 4 1/2 minutes. Flute replaces the vocals 5 1/2 minutes in. "Puzzle / Omen" has these spacey winds blowing early then they are replaced by a full rich sound with guitar and drums out front. It settles in at 1 1/2 minutes with a beat and flute. Synths come in too with vocal melodies. A calm 3 1/2 minutes in with spoken words, piano and vocal melodies. The spoken words stop around 6 minutes as spacey synths lead. It turns heavy after 7 1/2 minutes.

"Le Cheval De Syllogie" is spacey with organ then it picks up with drums and a full sound before 1 1/2 minutes. Fuzzed out guitar too. Spacey keyboards then take over. A calm before 3 1/2 minutes with creepy vocals. They stop and it picks back up before 6 minutes. "Pollen" is the 13 minute closer. Strummed guitar to start which is replaced by a full sound quickly. Nice. It settles with flute after 2 minutes. Reserved vocals before 3 minutes with acoustic guitar, floating organ and bass. Vocals are back 7 minutes in. They stop at 9 1/2 minutes as the flute comes in then fuzzed out guitar a minute later.

This is my kind of music. If your into dreamy psychedelia then you need to check this out.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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