Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography
Sula Bassana - Nostalgia CD (album) cover


Sula Bassana

Psychedelic/Space Rock

From, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Bookmark and Share
Mellotron Storm
3 stars SULA BASSANA is Dave Schmidt a German multi-instrumentalist who absolutely does everything on this album. He then gave the finished result to Eroc who mastered it. The cover art is incredible, especially when both panels are open(front and back) what a piece of art.

As much as I'm a fan of Dave Schmidt I must admit there's a lot of hit and miss with his solo stuff under the name SULA BASSANA, the same with the band ZONE SIX he's involved with. My favourite of his solo efforts is "Dark Days" from 2012. Not long after that one he got more into the electronic side of music which I wasn't as into. This latest from 2022 is called "Nostalgia" because it does recall the earlier days. In fact these tracks were created between 2013 and 2018 but weren't suitable to the style he's more into now.

We get five tracks under 42 minutes. Not big on Dave's singing just because he almost whispers or is distant sounding. Why bother but it's psychedelic music, it's all about the mood he's creating. The album opens with "Real Life" and it's slow and trippy as the guitar echoes. Whispered vocals here and they will come and go. Synths sound like a helicopter briefly before 2 1/2 minutes. It does get heavier when the vocals step aside then themes are repeated. More of those whispered vocals on "We Will Make It" but I do like this track better than the opener. Spacey is contrasted with heavy.

The title track is brighter with strummed guitar and electronics. A feel good sound that will include drums but this is quite spacey. "Wurmloch" is 10 minutes and the longest but also the least adventerous as they seem to lock into a groove and stay there. The closer "Mellotraum" is good for the upfront mellotron to start as a catchy mid-paced rhythm kicks in. Repetitive with the last 1 1/2 minutes being spacey.

I don't know this just doesn't catch my imagination at all other than the art work. It feels tired or maybe that's me. Check Dave out with Ax and Mani from GURU GURU they put out a couple of live records that's anything but sleepy.

Report this review (#2967558)
Posted Tuesday, November 7, 2023 | Review Permalink

SULA BASSANA Nostalgia ratings only

chronological order | showing rating only

Post a review of SULA BASSANA Nostalgia

You must be a forum member to post a review, please register here if you are not.


As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: — jazz music reviews and archives | — metal music reviews and archives

Donate monthly and keep PA fast-loading and ad-free forever.