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Ozric Tentacles

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3.77 | 64 ratings | 3 reviews | 14% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2020

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Stripey Clouds (6:37)
2. Blooperdome (5:34)
3. Humboldt Currant (8:58)
4. Popscape (4:51)
5. Climbing Plants (7:05)
6. Space for the Earth (7:36)
7. Harmonic Steps (6:36)

Total Time 47:17

Bonus track from "The Tour That Didn't Happen Edition" (2021) :
8. Six Worlds... (An Unusual Journey) (33:35)

Line-up / Musicians

- Ed Wynne / guitar, synth, programming
- Silas Wynne / synth
- Balázs Szende / drums

- Joie Hinton / synth
- Nick Van Gelder / drums
- Champignon / flute
- Paul Hankin / percussion
- Gracerooms / additional synth

Releases information

CD Kscope - KSCOPE678 (2020, UK)
LP Kscope - KSCOPE1078 (2020, UK)
LP Kscope - KSCOPE1086 (2020, UK) Limited 180g Turquoise edition
Digital album (October 9, 2020)

2CD Kscope - KSCOPE719 (2021, UK) with a bonus track on CD2
Digital album (September 24, 2021) with a bonus track

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OZRIC TENTACLES Space for the Earth ratings distribution

(64 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(14%)
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Review by Progfan97402
5 stars It's getting difficult for me to review an Ozric release because they pretty much follow a similar formula. Sure some are more guitar-oriented, others more synth-oriented, world music has itself felt more on some than others, some more techno, some more rock, you get the picture. So how to review Space for the Earth, their first in over five years (and the end of a hiatus Ed had spoken about)? Well as much as I enjoyed Technicians of the Sacred, it needed more concentration to let it soak in due to length. Here being a single disc it's more compact and I can more easily recommend the Ozric newbie as a great place to start for their newer material. Here it's perhaps a bit less guitar-oriented and more synth-oriented with mainly Ed and son Silas providing synths although Joie Hinton and Dutch musician Gracerooms provide additional synths on some cuts. Plus it's nice to see early drummer Nick van Gelder appear and even John Egan reappears. Paul Hankin once again provides occasional percussion. Brandi is now MIA as she's no longer with Ed and staying in the States while Ed moved from Colorado to Fife, Scotland. Anyways Space for the Earth is another amazing entry in the Ozric catalog. Hard to pick highlights but the title track features John's nice flute playing, while "Humboldt Currant" sounds like Ozric in a nutshell and little wonder this piece was available as a preview ahead of release. I have to say the album simply knocked my socks off. Definitely bound to be a favorite of mine for 2020!
Review by siLLy puPPy
COLLABORATOR PSIKE, JR/F/Canterbury & Eclectic Teams
3 stars England's most famous psychedelic electronic rave hippies have been at it now for almost 40 when OZRIC TENTACLES was formed by the tripper in chief Ed Wynne who has remained the mastermind and only member ever since. This project was quite prolific in the 80s and 90s releasing an album every two or three years which also was true in the first decade of the 2000s but after Wynne suffered his entire house being ravaged by wildfires in the US state of Colorado in 2012 and lost his equipment, home recording studio and much of the archived material, this blow set Wynne back and the 2010s has produced far fewer OZRIC albums as Wynne has focused on other things.

Never one to officially retire, the OZRICS are back with the first album in five years. SPACE FOR THE EARTH, the project's 22nd studio album which may not move forward into new musical arenas but does display the consistency of the OZRIC sound which still to this day sounds like no other. After the fire incident Wynne returned to the UK and recorded SPACE FOR EARTH in his Bubble studio in Scotland and features his son Silas Neptune on keyboards along with several ex-members of the band including drummer Balázs Szende.

Honestly there isn't one thing you can say about this OZRIC album that you really can't say about the rest. The formula of mixing strong driving bass lines with jittery keyboard parts, space guitars and that sweeping space rock sound from 70s bands like Gong, Steve Hillage and Hawkwind are all still in tact as is the world music influences of funk, jazz, dub, reggae and of course ambient new age. "Stripey Clouds" starts the seven track album of about 45 minutes in strong form with all the aforementioned stylistic approaches taking turns at unleashing soothing melodies with progressive time signature breaks which qualifies the band to be included in prog turf.

Once again these are all instrumentals with jazzy interludes and ethnic instruments inserting unique tones and timbres but as i've already said there is really nothing that sets this album apart from the vast bulk of the band's canon which for those who love consistency is a good thing but for some of us who hope to see a band evolve their sound into something more, well more anything really, find that this band is simply stuck in a groove of its own making seemingly in perpetuity. As always the OZRICS deliver a substantive display of what they do best but if i had to offer an explanation why this album would be an excellent addition to your collection then i'd be at a loss for words. This is a good album for sure but not anything beyond.

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3 stars Ozric tentacles is a band that made the biggest impact on modern space rock. Since their Pungent Effulgent from 1989 to my favorite album Arborescence released in 1994, they established them selves as a band that delivers a new and fresh sound to this prog rock sub-genre and influenced and keep ... (read more)

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