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Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.05 | 2 ratings

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3 stars Licking bullfrogs

Retro seems to have gone through a metamorphosis. Going from being a cool word that indicated style and flair to what it is now a rather maligned one with terrible connotations in certain musical circles..... I think it's fair to criticise openly copycatting, but I never really linked that to the retro word and what it means. To me personally, it just tells me that the musicians playing in whatever band feel more comfortable around the good old instruments such as electric guitar, flute, mellotron, hammond organ, saxophone, congas, piano, moog, triangle and yeah you probably get where I'm going with this. It's a vibe thing - a way of utilising sounds and oldish tested instruments to channel one's music forward.

Retro also means paying homage to what came before you. Letting oneself get excited and inspired by styles and sonic auras - all the stuff that makes your heart sink into your stomach. In the psychedelic quarters, there's been a lot of that going on most recently. Only last year, Swedish space rockers - Kraut-affiliates, My Brother the Wind made one of the finest albums of the year with I Wash my Soul in the Stream of Infinity - connecting our modern day music scene with a most vibrant and experimental one happening in Germany some 40 years ago. Well, Mexican power trio Rodototoed are of the same ilk. This their debut album was recorded live in August and September of 2010. Focusing heavily on instant composition - letting the music appear as it is played, these two pieces fumble elegantly around the musical vacuum and deliver high soaring majestic space rock - totally improvised and free.

Guitar, bass and drums are the ingredients, but with differentiating moods and segments ranging from the snuffling ambient serene to blasting tomahawk fire rock, this album never gets boring or one-sided. It's instrumental as well, so the instruments are doing the talking, and in all honesty, I actually prefer my space rock like this. No disturbing vocals from people who've probably been licking bullfrogs prior to their loosey goosey live performance, and let's face it - the guitar benefits much more from an acidic quivering musician standing behind it, than the fragile microphone that has precisely zero tolerance for mistakes and mumblings(That is of course not entirely true, but it's very few singers who are able to do what Damo Suzuki does - and successfully too...)

If you enjoyed last years My Brother the Wind release, or just feel comfortable around music without a harness, then you'll probably lap this baby right up. This is great music for turning on, tuning in and dropping out. Old Timothy would love music like this, and I happen to do so as well. There's a fire and rawness to the music, and nowhere does it begin to feel out of breath or steam. The ideas are there, and they do get materialised, although Rodototoed managed to pull something even better off for their next album simply called 2, - which incidentally also is free of charge on the band's bandcamp page. Oh, did I neglect to inform you about that? Yes my fellow space cadets, this music is free - and damn fine to boot! So what are you waiting for? Haley's comet and the reformation of Sha-na-na? Get up and get with it big boy!

Guldbamsen | 3/5 |


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