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3.76 | 184 ratings | 23 reviews | 17% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2004

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Chewier (5:26)
2. Spirals in Hyperspace (9:51)
3. Slinky (8:39)
4. Toka Tola (7:46)
5. Plasmoid (5:17)
6. Oakum (9:03)
7. Akasha (7:27)
8. Psychic Chasm (8:44)
9. Zoemetra (7:23)

Total Time 69:36

Line-up / Musicians

- Ed Wynne / guitar, keyboards, programming, producer
- Steve Hillage / guitar & synths (7)
- Miquette Giraudy / guitar & synths (7)
- Christopher Lenox-Smith / synths & "bubbles" (6), "kindling" (1)
- John Egan / flute, ney & dudek (6,9)
- Zia Geelani / bass (6)
- Brandi Wynne / glide bass (1), "spikes" (5)
- Stuart Fisher / drums (1,6,9)
- Merv Pepler / drum programming & sampling (8)

Releases information

CD Magna Carta ‎- MAX-9067-2 (2004, Europe)
CD Magna Carta ‎- MA-9067-2 (2004, US)

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Review by Proghead
5 stars I received this CD one day after it was released, and I have to say the wait for a brand new album was finally over! Back in the fall of 2000, they released their last studio effort, "The Hidden Step". Hard to believe that Rad was still in the group then. Since that time, Rad (in early 2001), and then later on (in late 2002) Zia left. New drummer Schoo (Stuart Fisher) and new bassist Pazza (Paul Godfrey) came in. Through the 2001- 2002 time period, they tied us over with a live EP entitled "Pyramidion" (with the title track being a new studio cut), a fan-club issued single called "Oakum" released in the fall of 2001, and then the "Live at the Pongmasters Ball/ CD (which also became available on DVD).

Well, I guess the band was under financial strain, and although they supposedly mended their relationship with Snapper Music, they apparently couldn't stay with them, so they found a label called Magna Carta (a label that seems to have too many KING CRIMSON side projects, DREAM THEATER clones, and PINK FLOYD and GENESIS tribute albums) to release their new album. Originally to be entitled "Toka Tola", it was retitled "Spirals in Hyperspace" and I'm glad it was released!

I was disappointed that this wasn't going to be an Ed, Seaweed, Pazza, Schoo, and John album, but essentially an Ed solo album (with only the occasional OZRIC member contributing, and Pazza nowhere to be found). But the minute I heard this album, all my suspicions flew out the window. While it's mostly just Ed on guitar, synths, and drum machines, this comes to prove how much of the OZRIC sounds came from him. You got the techno-like "Chewier" (with Schoo and Ed's wife Brandi Wynne helping out), maybe not the best piece on the album. Then you have the totally amazing title track, all Ed here, with many of the passages bearing more of a passing resemblance to "Waterfall Cities". "Slinky" is a mainly laid-back piece with nice spacy synthesizers and lots of simple synth melodies that are quite effective. "Toka Tola" is bound to be a new concert favorite, perhaps the album's real high point, going through different changes. "Oakum" was that 2001 fan-club issued single, now available to the whole public, and given the time of recording, no surprise it Ed, Zia, Schoo, Seaweed, and John all participating.

You might know the version off "Live at the Pongmasters Ball" (which I thought was superior), this studio version is arranged a bit differently, less synth solos, but many of the passages are still recognizable. "Akasha" is a spacy techno-like piece with none other than Steve HILLAGE and Miquette Giraudy helping out! Many people wondered what an OZRIC album would sound like with them on it, now they got their wish! To be honest, I can't tell what is Ed's guitar and synth work, or Steve's guitar work and Miquette's synth work. Then they get in to more experimental territory with "Psychic Chasm" (with the help of EAT STATIC member and ex-OZRIC Merv, which I'm glad to see, since "Arborescence" was their last album with him on it), and "Zoemetra" (where Schoo and John makes an appearance again). It's almost getting tiring reviewing an OZRIC album, since I have not found one album that disappointed me from them. More great stuff certain to keep the fans happy!

Review by Rivertree
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / Band Submissions
4 stars Tentacles in Hyperspace ...

This OZRIC TENTACLES release from 2004 is mainly a solo album from Ed Wynne because the instruments of some tracks seem to be played only by him. The sound is very spacy with many electronic elements and clear transitions to TripHop/House, similar to acts like FILA BRAZILLIA for example. The songs are played with excellent grooves sometimes even in a Chillout mood. But when Ed Wynne plays guitar you are suddenly leaving Cafe Del Mar and it sounds like Jazz Rock (Oakum).

The title song Spirals in Hyperspace combines all these elements in a brillant way. First track Chewier is disappointing in my opinion but the following songs let you forget the false start. Slinky, Akasha and Zoemetra are wonderful atmospheric keyboard and electronic bass driven. Psychic Chasm starts as an ethno world song and then converts to a typical drum&bass piece - absolutely crazy!

Psychedelic/Space Rock meets House - rare and a successful experiment!

Review by Epignosis
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars Bogged down with such electronic noises and heavy, driving beats, it's very difficult to see what is psychedelic or even spacey about this album. If by "space rock," one means music for an arcade game about intergalactic battles and alien races, then perhaps that label is appropriate. The music is decidedly progressive electronic with a few heavy elements. The greatest constituent of the album for me are the sporadic electric guitar solos, which just rip right through the jumbled fabric of the electronic music. For all its wraithlike creativity in terms of uncanny sounds and spiraling arrangements, the biggest disappointment with this album is that it becomes stale as a whole, and I personally only like to digest the music here in moderate sips.

"Chewier" Thick electronic sounds and pounding drums make up the bulk of this relatively short track. Only distant acoustic guitar and the electric guitar solo offer this piece any organic quality whatsoever, and for me, they are the best thing about this track.

"Spirals in Hyperspace" Layers of sound created by some of the most intriguing tones imaginable build over a static electronic riff in an odd time signature until a power guitar lead comes ripping through. The riffs are fantastic, but the otherworldly solo just over four minutes in is not to be missed. The frenetic guitar soloing in the second half is likewise fantastic.

"Slinky" With a steady beat and various electronic sounds, this belongs in nightclubs, for laidback, late-night partiers to groove too with their drinks in their hands. Otherwise, all I can say is that this is an effects-drenched piece that makes for decent background music.

"Toka Tola" Further video game music ensues (by that, I don't mean 8-bit bloops and beeps, only that this track in particular sounds like something from one of the later Mega Man series games- not necessarily a bad thing, in my opinion). The bass maintains a nice groove, and the drum-programming offers some variety, especially as the crystal-clear acoustic guitar and whistling synthesizer enter in the middle.

"Plasmoid" One of the more grating tracks for me, "Plasmoid" sputters along until the electric guitar solo. Even then, this is a completely passable track; the sounds used throughout are simply displeasing.

"Oakum" Far more atmospheric than any of the previous works, this piece is saturated with New Age flavors. Halfway through, the music takes on a completely different visage, morphing into a rapid wave of descending sounds and feverish guitar soloing, and the keyboard solo is one of the finer moments of the album. Zia's bass work is also exciting to hear. One part of the track, with the vocals interjecting over the fast-paced music calls to my mind the final section of a piece by Kerry Livgren entitled, "And I Saw, As It Were... Konelrad."

"Akasha" This is a lighter piece and does impart some much needed variety to the overall sound, utilizing instrumentation not heard on other tracks (like a harpsichord-like tone). Sleek keyboard sounds and screaming outbursts of guitar are what this track is primarily about. Rhythmically speaking, though, it's really uninteresting.

"Psychic Chasm" Soft, back-and-forth panned sounds introduce this lengthy piece. The guitar parts over the more spacey elements make this track quite exceptional, however. The eerie vocals are a pleasing, if haunting, section, as is the aquatic part that follows.

"Zoemetra" This is a most fluid track, with flowing exotic-sounding guitar and keyboards and faraway percussion and fretless bass. The synthesizer lead invokes a Middle Eastern sound. The bass solo is nothing special, but adds variety along with the plops of yet the more rhythmic synthesizer.

Review by ZowieZiggy
3 stars For my piece of mind, I have left a year to review the last couple of OT albums. I couldn't really enter into their music. I have always found (as some other reviewers) that it was too much of the same and that too little variety was brought into their works. My faves from the band were "Pungent" and more recently "Curious Corn" and "Swirly Termination".

So what about this one?

I was expecting the worse when I listened to the opening number ("Chewier"). I can't really stand these noises (same feel during "Plasmoid") and I could only hope that thing would improve. And it is the case.

The long title track is a remarkable mix between jazz, fusion, and metal music. Well balanced and perfectly interpreted. This track holds even some "Santana" references and gives a breathe of fresh air in terms of variety in their work. My highlight.

The same sort of feeling is brought by "Slinky", that offers some fine and soft keyboard layers, combined by an excellent bass play. It gets more upbeat for the second half. This track sounds fully jazzy (but on the soft side). The last section of this almost nine minutes track holds some brilliant guitar work to be complete. A good piece of music.

"Toke A Tola" starts as a good old ELP extravaganza! Powerful synths for a brilliant opening, but after one minute, the song turns again into a more jazz/funk affair (as a good chunk of this album actually). The song ends on a more soft and spacey beat which is quite elegant.

Some space-rock combined with Oriental mood brilliantly opens "Oakum". After a minute or so, the sound seriously leans on TD (which is not to dislike me of course) and the soft keyboards are quite pleasant. The song gets more upbeat after three minutes and the interplay guitar - keyboards is excellent. Quite dynamic and performing for a good bunch of it, the song reverts to a softer mood for the closing section. Another good moment out of this "Spiral In Hyperspace".

This album is made of several long pieces (between seven and nine minutes); during "Psychic Chasm", one can find the usual OT music: a combination of upbeat space- rock together with some electronic phantasmagoria. Average.

The closing "Zoemetra" introduces fine Oriental flavours again (this is not a new feature from the band). The percussion work is pretty good and it is a nice way to close this good album.

This work should please any jazz-rock fan; it is a good album which combines different influences. The mix could have been more in favour of space-rock than jazz to get a higher score. As such: three stars.

Review by Prog Leviathan
3 stars The usual mix of spacey jams and kinetic guitar make this Ozric release a predictable yet enjoyable affiar.

"Spirals in Hyperspace" has a different tone than other Ozric albums, focusing more on electronica and rock. The songs here are very sharp, possessing a clinical edge distinct amongst the group's more organic sounding work. Sound effects take the place of world instrumentation, giving "Spirals" a very technicological feel to it, with Ed Wynne's guitar actually taking a a short break giving way to noisy electonic indulgence. There are some very cool moments to be had here, but I found myself wishing for more.

Another reviewer describes this album as "video game music"-- and that's not too far off the mark, although I don't find the term as pejorative as they. "Spirals" has a lot of energy and crispness, but lacks the depth or class that most other Ozric releases have. This is probably due to the fact that Wynne has arranged most of these tunes with little help. Thus, the songs feel somewhat one-dimensional.

Still, be prepared for a journey that lives up to the album's name.

Songwriting: 3 Instrumental Performances: 3 Lyrics/Vocals: NA Style/Emotion/Replay: 3

Review by Mellotron Storm
3 stars I consider OZRIC'S 1990's albums to be their best works.This particular record was released in 2004 and comes across as more of an Ed Wynne solo album than it does a band effort.The rest of the band contribute little to this record.The electronics are more prominant than i've ever heard them and we only get real drums on 3 tracks with the rest being programmed. I was surprised to see the band on the Magna Carta label for this album as well. So while the sound might not be as organic as in the past it is cool to hear the legendary Steve Hillage guesting on one track. Now despite my negativity keep in mind that this is a good album and is rated highly by most OZRIC fans as well.

"Chewier" has a driving rhythm to it and it sounds great.The guitar comes in ripping it up before 2 1/2 minutes. A calm before 4 1/2 minutes then it kicks back in. "Spirals In Hyperspace" is more laid back with lots of synths.The guitar starts to solo before 2 1/2 minutes then back to the previous soundscape. A nice throbbing sound here. Check out the percussion 6 minutes in then the guitar returns lighting it up. "Slinky" has a good beat with synth sounds. An enjoyable sound really.Guitar after 6 minutes. "Toka Tola" again has lots of synths and a beat. Some guitar then a calm after 5 minutes.

"Plasmoid" is all about the electronics and we get some voice expressions with that relentless beat.The tempo picks up after 4 minutes. "Oakum" has water sounds to start as an Eastern vibe joins in. An electronic beat follows as the water sounds continue. It's heavier after 3 1/2 minutes and the tempo picks up after 5 minutes. "Akasha" sounds excellent with all those synth sounds. Hillage guests on this one with guitar and as usual sounds amazing. "Psychic Chasm" is synth led and the drums kick in around 3 1/2 minutes. Good track. "Zoemetra" has some intricate guitar early nad plenty of flute later on.

As I said this is a good album but for me it doesn't compare to those nineties albums.

Review by Sagichim
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
4 stars Being a big Ozric fan I have tried to get into this album for years, every few months I tried again and again but couldn't get through 3 or 4 tracks, what bothered me about it is mainly the sound, the music was dominated by the heavy keyboard sound while guitars were pushed aside, cuasing the album to sound unnatural. There are only 3 tracks here to feature real drums, something that made it even harder for me to digest. But once I got used to the sound I started paying more attention to the material and how the music was crafted and it clicked, it clicked big time. Suddenly I started thinking "Hey this is a great sounding album!" and couldn't stop listening to it because it had so much to offer. In spite of what I thought at the beginning guitars aren't that pushed aside, yes they are less evident than before but they are present for a good extent, it's a good thing the keys here are of high quality. That is why I believe it is such a controversial album among fans. The reason for this album being what it is is the fact that it's mostly a solo album by band leader Ed Wynne, the rest of the band contribute very little to this recording, particularly on Oakum featuring Zia Geelani on bass and the great Steve Hillage on the superb Akasha.

The album starts with Chewier, that in spite of being heavy on the keys it's an excellent energetic rocker, top that with a furious guitar solo ala Steve Vai from Ed, a great opener indeed. Spirals In Hyperspace is one of the best (and longest) pieces here proving what a genius Mr. Wynne is, there's some beautiful keys work here accompanied by fantastic guitar solos, I love how the atmosphere here is relaxed although this is quite an upbeat track. It turns middle eastern about half way ending with some crushing guitar work outs, great stuff! Slinky is another long piece led mostly by the keyboard, although I usually need more than just that ,it feels complete and enjoyable with its tranquil and spacey atmosphere, 2.5 minutes before the end guitar is added with another beautiful solo. Toka Tola is a favorite of mine, it is more upbeat, I just love that infectious theme and the interplay between guitar and keys all along. Plasmoid is my least favorite here, again it is mostly led by keys, not bad at all but I'm not a fan of this kind of harsh and edgy sound, coming from the Ozrics make it moderately enjoyable for me. Oakum is the most famous piece here being sometimes performed live, played here with real drums making this piece sound the most natural and organic. Nothing original really just another space rocker that the Ozrics are so good at delivering. Good synth and keys work plus great guitars from Ed and as I mentioned before Zia Geelani's excellent bass work. Akasha featuring Steve Hillage is definitely one of the highest points on the album, probably the best track here. A very unique piece with a cool rhythm, amazing synth work and of course brilliant interplay between guitars, it turnes more energetic half way through and it works perfectly. Psychic Chasm is another unique sounding piece making this album a bit more diverse, the first part is led by a tribal drumming on tablas and floaty sounds, this is wonderful. It gets more upbeat later with great synth work guitar is added to spice things up it sounds like a real party now, later on the beat gets more deep sounding, this could work on a rave trance party I kid you not, very very nice! Zoemetra is another organic middle eastern sounding track, although pretty upbeat it's not heavy but quite laid back and calm, great ending to this album.

I think this is another well written, tightly crafted and overall successful attempt by Ed Wynne, once you get passed the heavy keyboard sound of the album and start paying attention to the details this is a very rewarding album. 4 stars.

Review by Warthur
4 stars By this point in Ozric Tentacles' existence, the project had largely evolved to the point of being "Ed Wynne and whoever happens to be playing with him", and this album perhaps took that direction further, with Wynne being the main fixed point amidst a fluctuating lineup. Steve Hillage and Miquette Giraudy. who by this point had moved beyond Gong and Steve's solo career to forge a new musical identity for themselves as System 7, guest on Akasha, providing an intriguing crossover between the Ozric universe and that of Gong, one of their major influences. Other musicians include Brandi Wynne, Ed's wife, adding bass, and Merv Pepler of Ozrics offshoot Eat Static. The end result continues the exploration of psybient territory that The Hidden Step captured the band evolving towards.

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5 stars To me, this on of the best things that ever happened to music. Here, Ed Wynne explores the genres of drum&bass, techno, ambient, psychill and progressive electronic music. Except for three songs, all the drums are programmed. Most of the songs feature sequenced bass and have beautiful interplay ... (read more)

Report this review (#409721) | Posted by Kingsnake | Tuesday, March 1, 2011 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Spirals in Hyperspace is an excellent representation of what Ozric Tentacles are all about as a band. It is a perfect starting point inquiring minds wishing to take them in. They are a talent group of musicians who have created a sound, which I my experience is uniquely attributable to them. The ... (read more)

Report this review (#299784) | Posted by R-A-N-M-A | Sunday, September 19, 2010 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Spirals in hyperspace the last ozric album with,seaweed,john,zia,which is a shame as i think they were important to the ozric sound but things have to change at times well come on a shreading of skin needs to happen,it starts with chewier and starts with synth really starting well and drums come ... (read more)

Report this review (#213000) | Posted by davidsporle | Wednesday, April 29, 2009 | Review Permanlink

4 stars One of their best albums to the date,released in 2004,amazing work,there is no doubt about it.. You can hear the evolution,more progressive, taking some fine momments of waterfall cities album,in a certain way have a lot of tendencies with new age music,but i think that the music on this is not b ... (read more)

Report this review (#202113) | Posted by JgX 5 | Sunday, February 8, 2009 | Review Permanlink

2 stars i was actually quite disappointed in this album. only two tracks have the whole band playing on them and what an awesome line up it was. what a shame some left after this one may be ed played a little too much on this one to keep the others interested. chewier and oakum are really the only two ... (read more)

Report this review (#120455) | Posted by 007hendrix | Tuesday, May 1, 2007 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Itīs a pleasure to hear this new work from Ed Wynne three years later, as this is a piece of work almost done entirely by him. Heīs not only the fine guitarist of the Ozrics, but the brain behind most of their themes. He is a real GURU of the synths, a capable musician, reinventing himself in ... (read more)

Report this review (#60273) | Posted by | Tuesday, December 13, 2005 | Review Permanlink

4 stars how many other bands can claim such a vast, changing, unique discography? Maybe only Queen can, and I everyday wonder why almost noone knows Ozric Tentacles, but their live gigs are always filled of amazed crowds. Probably because they never did anything to promote themselves, other than prod ... (read more)

Report this review (#48973) | Posted by Warholizer | Wednesday, September 28, 2005 | Review Permanlink

3 stars Wow what an amazing but mundane, complex but simple, innovative yet stagnant, and engaging but boring piece of music! How can music contain all of these contradictory qualities? This is Spirals in Hyperspace. I think of this music more as "mood" music that may be interesting or conjur up one ... (read more)

Report this review (#36936) | Posted by robertplantowns | Sunday, June 19, 2005 | Review Permanlink

4 stars I've been an Ozrics fan for some time now, a number of years since a friend of mine introduced me with 'The Hidden Step', a masterpiece of an album. This would be the first release they'd made since i'd been a fan of theirs, and I looked forward to it. It was interesting to see watching the Po ... (read more)

Report this review (#29272) | Posted by | Friday, October 15, 2004 | Review Permanlink

5 stars I awaited with trepidition for the new Ozric album and was concerned that what was effectively a 4 year absence (excluding the live releases) was going to mean a radical shift away from the OT ethos but I was wrong. This album is excellent. Chewier is reminiscent of some of the previous hard ... (read more)

Report this review (#29270) | Posted by | Saturday, August 28, 2004 | Review Permanlink

5 stars ozric is certainly the best thing (with the flower kings) i've ever heard since christian vander's magma.i LOVE this band , the music really change my mind. it's not a surpsrise to discover that the new cd is a ed' solo effort. Since joie and merv's departure to eat static, he's the leader an ... (read more)

Report this review (#29269) | Posted by | Friday, August 13, 2004 | Review Permanlink

4 stars still once more the ozric tentacles are back with a vengeance and are showing that the can more than well keep up with the ever chaning musical scene. and in fact the long awaited spyral in hyperspace cd is the tangible proof of all this. i bought this cd when it came out (some over 2 years ... (read more)

Report this review (#29268) | Posted by | Wednesday, July 14, 2004 | Review Permanlink

5 stars I can't begin to explain what "SPIRALS IN HYPERSPACE" has done for me. I've been a BIG Ozric fan for only a couple of years and have bought and/or listened to at least half of their recordings, and this one ABSOLUTELY TOPS THEM ALL! I can't get enough! It's like a drug! No kidding! I have a HU ... (read more)

Report this review (#29267) | Posted by | Friday, July 2, 2004 | Review Permanlink

4 stars Finally the ozrics changed somewhat from their usual style. this album is kinda diffrent (in a good way) from the usual ozric stuff - the sound is much more electronic and little less rocky. wonderful album, very recommended ! ... (read more)

Report this review (#29264) | Posted by | Friday, April 16, 2004 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Ozric Tentacles is one of the worlds hidden wonders. How a group can sound so "far out" and be as amazing as they are blows my mind away. Their cds are all different and provide the listener with a crazy ride through their music. This album is by no means an exception. Each track starts somewher ... (read more)

Report this review (#29265) | Posted by Hambone | Wednesday, April 7, 2004 | Review Permanlink

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