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Studio Album, released in 2004

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Infinity Drive (6:24)
2. Dreams Of Space (8:29)
3. You Are Here (3:07)
4. Sonic Light (4:19)
5. Rays Of Sonic Light (1:01)
6. (Theta Wave) Inductor (10:12)
7. There (2:53)
8. I Can't Be Sane (2:48)
9. Chime (1:45)
10. Stone Oscillator (Static Ritual) (21:04)

Total Time: 62:02

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Line-up / Musicians

- Matt / audio generator, gong
- Andy / Hammond, Mellotron, Minimoog, Moog Taurus, Jupiter 8
- Simon / electric and acoustic guitars, vocals, audio generator, Novadrive
- Marek / drums, percussion, vocals
- Anton / audio generator, programming, Moog Taurus, devices
- Martin / bass, vocals, acoustic guitar, wave station

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CD Space Music Ltd. Spacemusic001 (2004)

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Review by Joolz
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4 stars Litmus are Space Ritual wannabees, their heads firmly focussed on those heady days when Hawkwind toured their masterpiece, introducing Calvert, Stacia and Spacerock to an appreciative audience eager to expand their horizons. With this as their muse, Litmus have brought a modern slant with a very heavy sound based on synchronised guitar & bass riffs producing a massive wall-of-sound. Lovers of early heavy metal should appreciate the effect, but it comes at the expense of clarity in detail, particularly of the keyboards which often get swamped - Hammond and Mellotron are both present but you sometimes have to really concentrate to hear them properly.

Theta Wave (Inductor) stands out because it doesn't become swamped by the big riff. It also features a multi-rhythmic base with perhaps three different time signatures in simultaneous use. And it works surprisingly well, building with a hypnotic repeated vocal phrase to a very satisfying conclusion. The 'feature' song - Stone Oscillator (Static Ritual) - is a slow ponderous song that for me is a little over-extended at 21 minutes as it takes far too long to achieve anything worthwhile. This monster track has a superb central section featuring another repeated vocal motif ["this could become the centre of our world"], and it ends in fine Eloy-style with repeated guitar arpeggiuos and spacey effects. Great stuff!

Overall, You Are Here is an excellent example of classic Spacerock and an essential purchase for all lovers of the genre. All tracks are song-based, the unexceptional lyrics are of the 'cosmic explorer' variety which clearly is a necessity! My main gripe is with the mushy production, and an overblown mastering which causes the sound to blow-out as soon as the wick is turned up. I must just mention Andy Thompson's excellent use of the Mellotron, especially accompanying acoustic guitars in the wonderful interlude that is the title song. These guys have the right stuff alright, and I can't wait for the next instalment.

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Posted Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Review by Rivertree
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3 stars British space rock in the vein of HAWKWIND - this is not meant literally, only for a similar orientation. 'You are here' is a production provided with diversified impressions - made with much dynamic, very powerful and drifting into heavy rock sometimes.

Significant bubbling synths are accompanying you through the whole album though. And the band also endeavours to give some variety with folksy acoustic guitar parts and lots of hammond, mellotron and moog additions. Every member (except drummer Marek) is contributing some electronical elements.

The title song You Are Here marks a little change to another mood leaving the heavy rocking path with acoustic guitars and birds twittering. And some songs with a spacey ambient touch are following like There and Chime for example. The long and dramatic Stone Oscillator is mellotron and hammond infected but also full of stoner riffs near to BLACK SABBATH. A very gripping hypnotic song, not exactly a standard of the genre but definitely my highlight.

This album reflects a Hawkwind adapted sound - not one of my favourite albums of the genre but a good solid production anyhow. For space rock fans with comfortable feeling in the heavy territory this is a good find - 3.5 stars

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4 stars The first litmus album is good first album its a heavier hawkwind sound and the first song infinity drive is a good starter to get you into listening to the whole album,every track on this is good,this is a album which hawkwind would be proud of,ive listened to this quite alot its that good and ... (read more)

Report this review (#216578) | Posted by davidsporle | Tuesday, May 19, 2009 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Hi Progers For you who don´t know this is the band of Andy Thompson which is the mentor of planetmellotron.com, the excellent and definitive website dedicated to the progressive rock´s beloved ancient sampler: the Mellotron. He is the keyboard player, using mostly vintage keyboard instruments ... (read more)

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