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4.00 | 35 ratings | 4 reviews | 20% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2009

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. In Space (5:56)
2. Lost in Space (6:51)
3. The Night (15:31) :
- a) Part 1 (1:28)
- b) Part 2 (2:49)
- c) Part 3 (5:14)
- d) Part 4 (6:00)
4. Meteorritt (7:08)
5. Kosmokrator (16:21)

Total Time 51:47

Line-up / Musicians

- Dave Schmidt / vocals (2,5), guitars, basses, synths (Korg, Moog, Roland), Mellotron, organ, drums, gong, computer, producer

- Stefan Koglek / vocals (3)

Releases information

Artwork: "The Great Space" painting by Frank Lewecke

LP Pancromatic ‎- PLP 2005 (2009, Norway)

CD Sulatron-Records ‎- st0901 (2009, Germany)

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(20%)
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Review by Rivertree
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / Band Submissions
4 stars SULA BASSANA is on the way again in 2009 - this time with a vintage space rock styled album. Multi-instrumentalist Sula is a music aficionado as no other when simultanously collaborating with several bands/projects, organizing festivals in Austria as well as his own SULATRON record label and mail-order business. In spite of that he's even able to spare time enough to record complete albums on his own. This means 'The Night' was produced at his homestudio where he manages all the instruments by himself. Cover art (painting by Frank Leweke) and track titles are obviously referring to cosmic themes.

Here we have five playful songs mastered by Eroc (ex-Grobschnitt) - sounding relaxed and busy at once. This is trippy basically, except some rare heavy rocking elements. Probably this album is concipated as a time travel (didn't ask for clarification though) ... anyhow, the opener In Space appears in really retro clothes - mysterious - maybe even a little bit nightmarish. This is immediately reminding me of a sound track seemingly composed for a sci-fi series like the German 'Raumpatrouille Orion' for example which started in 1966. As for that the song even reflects a pop appeal in my humble opinion especially caused by this special beat and the synthesizer contributions.

Later then we are Lost In Space - this song might refer to the early 70s - krautrock tinged with hypnotic rhythm elements where Sula's keyboard work is very very attractive. With the epic title song the album gets going at the latest. Divided in four parts it undoubtely makes out a highlight of the production. Partially grooving but also trippy floating this song is ultimately dedicated to the psychedelic guitar! A wonderful melodic piece of work where you will detect the sole external contribution by Stefan Koglek from the band COLOURHAZE. He provides lyrics and vocals for the second part and this fits closely to the mellow mood.

Now hereafter we are up to enjoy contemporary space rock at its best I would say. Meteorritt - the song title shows a nice pun at first colloquially meaning 'ride on a meteorite'. A fine straightforward grooving ride indeed with many repetitve elements plus echoing and swirling guitars all over. Stylistically on nearly the same line Kosmokrator as the last (and longest) tune follows - much more diversified though containing also culminating heavy rocking impressions, some typical vocals - rather more sprechgesang and ambient gliding parts.

'The Night' is offered with a charming appeal but guarantees tension too - you can smell Sula's longtime experiences composing music. An excellent cosmic journey which will please krautrock as well as psych/space fans.

Review by Marty McFly
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars Nice example of new psychedelic prog (old one I see as mainstream genre in late 60's), because even I lack words of how good it is, I for sure know it is good. And as a psychedelic experience through drug influenced mind. Simple, but at the same moment intriguing melodies that you can be sure that will lift you up from your seat and like a magic carpet, they'll guide you through the magical land of 'delia.

4(+), of course, can sound quite repetitive after a while, especially when you're used to listen different kinds of music. But it's one man project, it's for sure advantage, as it means harmony. And of course beautiful cover.

Review by Mellotron Storm
4 stars 4.5 stars. This is the best SULA BASSANA album yet ! This is powerful, trippy, spacey and very far out. It's pretty cool too that this one man (Dave Schmidt) band released a recording with fellow Germans ELECTRIC ORANGE back in 2006. In fact in the liner notes Dave thanks ELECTRIC ORANGE along with ORESUND SPACE COLLECTIVE, THE MOVEMENTS and many more. This album was mastered by Eroc at The Ranch. I really like the cover art, as well as the other art work inside.

"In Space" has this dramatic intro before a beat kicks in followed by guitar. Sounds like mellotron too but the main thing is that this sounds amazing. "Lost In Space" begins with sounds that pulse and beat as these spoken words come in in the background. This is powerful stuff. Crank it up ! "The Night" is 15 1/2 minutes long and divided into 4 parts. A haunting intro before this heavy yet relaxed sound takes over around 1 1/2 minutes. Guitar before 4 1/2 minutes takes the lead. A second guitar comes in. Nice. A calm 9 1/2 minutes in as the sound changes. Strummed guitar is prominant as it builds. Just a gorgeous sound here.There's a Post-Rock vibe because of the guitar 12 1/2 minutes in. It then settles some 2 minutes later.

The guitar makes some noise early on "Meteorritt" with spacey sounds coming and going. It kicks in around 1 1/2 minutes with drums. The guitar sounds great here. It's lighting it up then it turns spacey late. "Kosmokrator" is the longest track at 16 1/2 minutes. The guitar and other sounds echo as a beat comes in. Outstanding. Vocals 3 minutes in as we get a very strong HAWKWIND flavour. The vocals are brief. It settles some after 5 minutes then kicks back in. We briefly get those vocals again a minute later. It's heavier 7 minutes in. This is too much ! I swear this is blowing my hair back right now. It settles after 11 minutes as it becomes dark and spacey (the night) to end it.

A must for you space cadets out there.

Latest members reviews

4 stars The Night is the new album by Dave Schmidt, a German guy now living in Austria, and once again he has produced five tracks worth of totally amazing, psychedelic music. Dave plays all the instruments by himself, but Stefan Koglek from Colour Haze sings on the second part of the long title track ... (read more)

Report this review (#230879) | Posted by djastro | Tuesday, August 11, 2009 | Review Permanlink

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