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CROMLECH CHRONICLES IV - THE DOOR INTO SUMMER

Sendelica

Psychedelic/Space Rock


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3.54 | 3 ratings | 2 reviews | 33% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2019

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Lightstar (19:15)
2. Saturnalia (22:39)
3. NIne Miles High (14:10)
4. Lightstar (Reprise) (8:59)

Total Time: 65:03

Line-up / Musicians

- Peter Bingham / guitars, electronics
- Lee Relfe / sax
- Glenda Pescado / bass

With:
- Lord Armstrong Sealand / Theremin, synths
- Meurig Griffiths / drums

Note : The actual instrumentation could not be fully confirmed at this moment

Releases information

CD Frg Records ‎- FRG CD 044 (2019, UK)
2LP Fruits de Mer Records ‎- Winkle 37 (2019, UK)

Digital album

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SENDELICA Cromlech Chronicles IV - The Door Into Summer ratings distribution


3.54
(3 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(33%)
33%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(33%)
33%
Good, but non-essential (33%)
33%
Collectors/fans only (0%)
0%
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)
0%

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Review by kev rowland
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Reviewer
4 stars Sendelica describe their latest album as "a door of perception into the jamming delights of Jefferson Airplane, The Grateful Dead, Blue Cheer, Iron Butterfly and The Byrds at the heights of their improvisational prowess." If they had also added Barrett-era Pink Floyd, Nik Turner and VDGG they may just have nailed it, as this instrumental quintet are definitely bringing back the late Sixties, with jam-driven psychedelic workouts where bass, drums and synths normally take the back seat to the strident electric guitar and sax. Sendelica have of course been producing great music in Wales for more than a decade now, and during this period they have also been incredibly productive ? I note that on Bandcamp if one wishes to get their complete digital discography that amounts to 34 releases!

Here we have three extended workouts, all allowing the guys to flex their musical wings, with Peter Bingham (guitar, electronics) and Lee Relfe (saxophone) taking the lead, ably supported by Glenda Pescado (bass), Meurig Griffiths (drums) and Lord Armstrong Sealand (Theremin & synths). The last guys tend to provide the supporting role which allows the others to go off and take flight, creating new themes and constantly revisiting old ones, all locked in as one. Psychedelic, progressive, exciting, invigorating and full of space this is music which captures a band at home with each other, playing in a live environment. No need for retakes or fancy overdubbing, this is about getting a band in their natural environment and capturing that vibrancy and immediacy for the world to hear.

Although it is available both digitally and on CD, of course the only way to really hear this is by getting the double vinyl release from Fruits de Mer, where the fourth blank side has been overprinted in UV full-colour, a new technique offered by the Record Industry pressing plant (not so much a picture disc, more a disc with a picture on it...). Superb.

Review by Windhawk
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
3 stars Welsh band SENDELICA first appeared on the scene back in 2006, and through almost 15 years of hard work and a plethora of releases they have established themselves as something of a household name in the psychedelic rock circuit. They will often release several albums each year, and by now they have more than 30 releases to their name. "Cromlech Chronicles IV " dates back to 2019, and was released on UK label Fruits de Mer Records imprint Regal Crabomophone.

Sendelica has become a seasoned band by now, and while they may well suffer a bit in the innovation department due to that they also have the experience needed to create material that always will engage on some level. Mainly gentle, careful and subtle instrumental psychedelic rock is what we are served here. Introspective music explored by way of improvised leads over a steady groove complete with the occasional intermission and careful, gradual change of pace, intensity and atmosphere. An album well worth seeking out if that description sounds interesting.

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