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Electric Orange

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3 stars ELECTRIC ORANGE and common song oriented structures - a contradiction in principle. And now 'XX' tops it all. Speaking of a double vinyl consisting of four extended jams, which means every flipside is representing one song, each around the twenty minute mark, simple as that. While missing any solos, equally acting instruments are on a serpentine line through space and time here. And this is a rather deep mooded trippy affair. It's not intended to release this stuff on CD so far, the album is distributed for download and vinyl in limited edition only.

Is there anything prepared before they start to proceed into such a mission? And is there anything reworked after returning back to Mother Earth? That's a valuable question indeed. Meandering guitar and keyboard interaction underlaid by impressive percussion work marks the fundament, and this surely is provided with professional environment, thus finally mastered by EROC once again. Ahh, by the way, it's a tradition meanwhile to offer song titles in German which are phantoms of imagination, a mysterious issue, not really a coincidence ... but you're missing a serious meaning too on the other hand.

Wechselkröte opens with much spirit, in a relatively promising and groovy way, speaking of propulsive drums, a pleading guitar, this underlaid by a nice spheric keyboard background. Right in the middle though they turn into a somewhat gloomy modus operandi, just following my imagination I can see a trundling starship which has no drive anymore. While seemingly missing any guitar contributions Mischwesen is dominated by drummer Georg Monheim, who comes in serving a tremendous groove after some time. The last four minutes are domianted by a hallucinative spin then.

With vinyl 2 they distinctly turn into a weird experimental attitude - I mean the monotonous keyboard patterns povided with an acid, partially creepy touch, not everyone's taste I'm sure and less inspired when it comes to my taste. Well, this album is dedicated to hardcore jam freaks first and foremost, who are well-provided with a lot of staying power, required for more than any other album ELECTRIC ORANGE have recorded 'til today. As for that the tracks are given with lesser variation this time, but you definitely will detect some thrilling moments again.

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