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ED WYNNE

Psychedelic/Space Rock • United Kingdom


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Edward Wynne - Born 3 June 1961 (London, UK)

Multi-instrumentalist and composer ED WYNNE on solo paths, well-known as the head of the progressive space rock band OZRIC TENTACLES. His 2019 album 'Shimmer Into Nature' sounds close to the mothership, occasionally identified as one the best OT albums in recent years.

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3.95 | 44 ratings
Shimmer into Nature
2019
3.93 | 17 ratings
Tumbling Through the Floativerse (with Gre Vanderloo)
2022

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 Tumbling Through the Floativerse (with Gre Vanderloo) by WYNNE, ED album cover Studio Album, 2022
3.93 | 17 ratings

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Tumbling Through the Floativerse (with Gre Vanderloo)
Ed Wynne Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by BrufordFreak
Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Ozrics Tentacles founder/leader Ed Wynne teams up with his Dutch counterpart, Gre Vanderloo, to put out an album that is every bit as Ozrics as anything Ozrics ever tentacled.

Line-up / Musicians: - Ed Wynne / guitar, synthesizers - Gre Vanderloo / synthesizers, effects - Silas Neptune / synthesizers - Paul Klaessen / bass

1. "Oilyvoice" (6:27) a little faster paced than typical OT songs, making it lose some of its room for information (and appeal). Kind of like a parody of itself. (8.25/10)

2. "Seen the Sun" (11:41) disco Ozrics. I don't care much for the first several layers/motifs, but it gets better in the second minute, even moreso in the third and fourth. Overall solid song. A top three song. (17.5/20)

3. "Magnetoforia" (5:49) space dreamy sounds at the beginning sound/feel a little dated (like 1980s New Age). Improves a little with layers. Amazing that those drums aren't real drums! (8.5/10)

4. "Pelmonauts" (6:37) lush pre-desert Saharan jungle dreamscape turns into contemplative journey through the jungle--on foot and on quadruped. Nice. Great use of layering--especially with the bass line and female voices. A top three song for me. (9/10)

5. "Floating Plates" (7:12) too familiar. Don't like the Reggae beat foundation or vocals. (12.5/15)

6. "Infinity Curtains" (6:19) opens with a Prog Electronic sound and feel. Again, it's hard to believe that these drum sounds aren't coming from a real drum kit. Again, it's just too Ozrics familiar--like it's been done. Nice bass line switch at the two-minute mark. The song does switch motifs and pacings a couple times, which is nice (and unusual), so kudos here. (8.5/10)

7. "Starseeds" (9:17) synths and metallic percussives open this for the first minute before drums and bass line establish themselves and the foundational core. Full of subtleties that make this much more interesting than any of the other songs on the album: with this song, it's not about the groove and pace, it's about the delicate nuances. I love hearing the jazzy JAN AKKERMAN-like guitar strums of complex chord sequences within/beneath the music. Another top three song for me. (18/20)

Total Time 53:22

To me, the most astonishing part of this album are the drum play on "Infinity Circles" and, to a lesser degree, "Magnetoforia" and "Starseeds." They're just too real to be synthesized! Otherwise, this feels like another Ozrics Tentacles album with very little in the way of new fresh ideas.

Despite the masterful manipulation of sound effects and synths, this is only a B-/3.5 star album; a nice addition to any prog lover's music collection.

 Tumbling Through the Floativerse (with Gre Vanderloo) by WYNNE, ED album cover Studio Album, 2022
3.93 | 17 ratings

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Tumbling Through the Floativerse (with Gre Vanderloo)
Ed Wynne Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Progfan97402
Prog Reviewer

5 stars As with Shimmer into Nature, it should come as no surprise the music isn't too different from Ozric Tentacles. This time around Ed collaborates with Dutch musician Gre Vanderloo who is the guy behind Gracerooms, a Dutch answer to Ozrics. Gre had already appeared as a guest on the last Ozric release Space For the Earth. Clear these two guys are a match! This is just as great and amazing as anything Ozrics did. Reviewing this is like reviewing any given Ozric album, tough for me to describe individual pieces but one of my favorites is "Floating Plates", a great Ozric-type reggae piece. I often enjoy it when the Ozrics do it so this is no exception. If you enjoy Ozrics make sure this is in your collection!
 Shimmer into Nature by WYNNE, ED album cover Studio Album, 2019
3.95 | 44 ratings

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Shimmer into Nature
Ed Wynne Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Aussie-Byrd-Brother
Special Collaborator Rock Progressivo Italiano Team

4 stars The somewhat disappointing news - multi-instrumentalist Ed Wynne's 2019 debut solo album `Shimmer into Nature' (Coolest. Title. EVER!) kind of just sounds like most Ozric Tentacles albums. But the good news - it sounds just like most Ozric Tentacles albums! In other words, while it may not really hold too many surprises, it still offers a series of cool spacerock/psych instrumentals that are full of colour, and that dart in multiple directions at all times. It's instantly identifiable as Ed's musical personality, and tasty contributions from a couple of Ozrics-related associates help give the album a vibrancy that some of the later programming-heavy band albums missed out on.

Opener `Glass Staircase' sets much of a template for the LP, a slice of chilled electronica with stuttering programmed beats and gurgling synth spirals that are constantly met by Ed's alternatingly ragged, jangling and fiery electric guitar runs. The thickly buoyant live bass on this one gives the track a real kick, and the brief ambient passages reveal the most fleeting hints of Manuel Göttsching's Ashra.

`Travel Dust's placid reggae flavours weave between dreamily trilling synths, spirited acoustic strums and ethnic-infused percussion, and `Oddplonk' is all phasing electronics and slinking grooves around permeating eastern atmospheres. The flip-side's `Shim' is further electric guitar-fuelled electronica, but it's the ten-minute `Wherble' that makes for a closing farewell of everything the album does well. Blissful and joyful, a mellow reprising fanfare glides unhurriedly before breaking into a skittering electronic breakdown with wild guitar tantrums and even the lightest of bluesy smoulders.

Running a lean single vinyl-length forty-two minutes ensures `Shimmer...' is easy to replay, and it definitely lacks the bloat that plagued several of the last few Ozric Tentacles albums. With that group currently M.I.A, only time will tell if the band name is permanently laid to rest or not, but if so, on the strength of this debut, Ed's `Shimmer into Nature' promises to still carry on in their technicolour psychedelic tradition, as well as being a focused and punchy psych-electronic disc ideal for the Ozrics faithful and even curious newcomers all its own.

Four stars.

 Shimmer into Nature by WYNNE, ED album cover Studio Album, 2019
3.95 | 44 ratings

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Shimmer into Nature
Ed Wynne Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Progfan97402
Prog Reviewer

5 stars It appears the Ozrics are on hiatus. He didn't say Ozrics are done for good, but just giving them a rest. Maybe we'll see a new Ozric release a few years down the road. Or not. (Update: the Ozric hiatus didn't last seeing that a new Ozric release Space for the Earth is on the way). He has since returned to the UK, this time in Fife, in Scotland. I remembered Ed and Brandi losing their home in the 2012 Colorado wildfires that also claimed a lot of their memorabilia. He decided to return to the UK because he was sick and tired of those Rocky Mountain winters. I'm not 100% clear on Ed's relation with Brandi but they've been clearly separated for some time (probably around the time of Technicians of the Sacred). I do know that Brandi had remained in the States and Ed returned to the UK. But even before the move, he started working on a solo album, which he continued right to his move to Scotland, and that's Shimmer into Nature. As a solo act, he could have done anything that may be out of the question on an Ozric release, instead he sticks very close to the Ozric template. Unlike an Ozric release, this is really an Ed solo album, but he does get some small participation with the likes of Tom Brooks (early Ozric member), Silas Neptune (his son), Paul Hankin (early Ozric member who reappeared on Technicians of the Sacred) and others. There is no band interaction, so that's the major difference between this and an Ozric release; however, this album only demonstrated how crucial Ed was for that Ozric sound. Plenty of Ozric familiarity to be found here: lots of his usual great guitar playing, spacy synths, frequently with a techno feel. In fact it's really hard to distinguish this from an Ozric release, which can be a complaint, but hey, if you love that sound and can't get enough, this album is completely up your alley. I also dig the artwork, really psychedelic, reminds me a bit of Blim, although the artwork is done by a guy named John Hurford, who's specialty is nature-oriented psychedelic artwork, so I imagine the Shimmer into Nature album title would be in honor of Mr. Hurford himself. This album is just amazing and fits nicely with your Ozric collection. Any fan of Ozric Tentacles need to own this.
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