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Polytoxicomane Philharmonie

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4.19 | 17 ratings | 4 reviews | 41% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2007

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Opinion (6:16)
2. Mini-Rock (9:23)
3. Late Train To Casket County (8:14)
1. Sotto Voce (14:22)
2. The Mirrorman (7:38)

Total Time: 45:53



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Line-up / Musicians

- Howling Mad Fishli / vocals
- Commander I.M. Crab / vocals, guitar
- Matelot Au Vin / tenor sax, bass clarinet, melodica
- The Emir Of Quaver / drums, vocals
- Wum / guitar
- Onkel / bass, e-piano, keys

Releases information

LP Nasoni Records NASONI059B/C (2007 Germany)
CD Nasoni Records NASONI059CD (2007 Germany)

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POLYTOXICOMANE PHILHARMONIE Drosophila Road ratings distribution

(17 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(41%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(35%)
Good, but non-essential (24%)
Collectors/fans only (0%)
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Review by Rivertree
4 stars Ned Busckii believes in things like rebirth ...

POLYTOXICOMANE PHILHARMONIE appear with a new exciting output in 2007. 'Drosophila' is a genus of flies and this one can be called a concept album de facto handling the adventurous story of fly Ned Busckii who wakes up one morning with the feeling that a change is definetely needed in his life. The story is given in english, provided by talented german artist Natali Haug (Ahula Tinga) and can be checked out included in the ellaborated CD package as well as on the homepage.

They are following the crazy concept once initiated with the masterpiece debut 'Psycho Erectus' in 2003. Of course some references to other acts are coming into my mind listening to the album but the band members are able to conglomerate an amazing mix of styles and influences once more, unique and really hard to describe.

Of course the recordings are starting with Busckii's lift-off but then the band hurries up to follow him with the complex Opinion provided with Zappa leanings, some samples and tempo breaks. Mini-Rock is my personal highlight - here the band creates a tremendous groove only interrupted by some weird interludes. Additionally we have wonderful female vocals remembering me of King Cobb Steelie, jazzy brass contributions and spaced-out guitars - wow - I like that! Listening to Late Train To Casket County you would consider them to be under the influence of some mind-blowing substances during the recordings furthermore. The song has a longer opening section with didgeridoo and native indian singing later followed by whispering male/female vocals with a jamming band as the background and last but not least a weird finale with spacey guitars and samples.

The long track Sotto Voce has a nice relaxed floating start supported by a cool 'sexy' saxophone. But - who is familiar with the band knows - the only constant is variation. After some time the bands plungs deep in psychedelic twin guitar jamming 'til the ultimate downfall comes with weird ambient soundscapes/samples in the second half of the song. The Mirrorman finally is an amalgamation of heavier guitar riff spiked rock n' roll and fluffy easy going elements and therefore has a special avantgarde touch.

'Drosophila Road' is a recommended album, also appealing to Zappa fans as well as krautrock lovers, more angular than the forerunner as for my impression. I prevent to mention a special member because they are acting flawlessly. POLYTOXICOMANE PHILHARMONIE are worth it to be checked out - you should play this loud!

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4 stars Drosophila Road is a solid entry into the contemporary progressive arena. It does well to capture and mesh Guru Guru's instrumental prowess and goofy attitude with Captain Beefheart aesthetics. Throw in a dash of Zappa and some Gong space jams, and inclined parties are in for a winner. Layers o ... (read more)

Report this review (#1634787) | Posted by Nogger | Saturday, October 22, 2016 | Review Permanlink

5 stars In the 70s the free spirit of renewed people was so common, nothing special because the change belonged to all, and so making music meant to insert psychedelic aspects. The experimentation in music gives to us Giants like PINK FLOYD, GONG, HAWKWIND, ELOY, and other little gems, without talking ... (read more)

Report this review (#1105813) | Posted by Utnapishtim | Friday, January 3, 2014 | Review Permanlink

4 stars This is utterly dangerous!!!!!Moreover everything is good from beginning to the end in this heavily stoned jam session never out of focus.It's a very jazzy stuff here reminding us of Frank Zappa(I know it's a cliché),Gong or King Crimson.Late Train to Casket County is the highlight,vocals are real ... (read more)

Report this review (#176302) | Posted by fusionfreak | Monday, July 7, 2008 | Review Permanlink

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