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SENDELICA

Psychedelic/Space Rock • United Kingdom


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SENDELICA are an unashamed psychedelic trio of Pete Bingham on guitars & electronics (well known for his work with KALD), Glenda Pescado on bass (of THE SURF MESSENGERS, and former of NICK TURNER'S ALL STARS) and Paul Fields on drums. Hailing from the small nation of Wales, they are an experimental outfit whose work is in some sense reminiscent of early Pink Floyd psychedelic outings mixed up with occasional heavy riffing, and late Orb dub-ambient musings. The band had their first TheOwlsHaveEyes EP released in July 2006 on their own FRG Records and featured guest vocalist Chris Gibbs and keyboardist Roger Morgan. The company played at several of last years festivals in the UK before resuming work on their debut album which featured guest appearances by vocalist Sarah E, synth-wizard Dick Turner (of SOUNDWAVES and MECHANICS INSTITUTE) and keyboardist Roger Morgan again. The sessions also included the recording debut of new drummer Paul Fields. The album, entitled Entering The Rainbow Light was finished in December and was released at the end of January 2007.

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2.95 | 3 ratings
Spaceman Bubblegum And Other Weird Tales From The Mercury Mind
2007
3.05 | 2 ratings
The Girl From the Future Who Lit Up the Sky With Glden Worlds
2009
3.00 | 2 ratings
Streamedelica, She Sighed As She Hit Rewind On The Dream Mangler Remote
2010
3.00 | 3 ratings
The Pavilion of Magic and the Trials of the Seven Surviving Elohim
2011
4.00 | 3 ratings
The Satori In Elegance Of The Majestic Stonegazer
2012
3.09 | 4 ratings
The Kaleidoscopic Kat and It's Autoscopic Ego
2013

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0.00 | 0 ratings
Live At Kozfest July 2012
2012
4.00 | 6 ratings
Live at Crabstock
2014

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4.00 | 2 ratings
The Fabled Voyages of the Sendelicas
2014

SENDELICA Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.00 | 1 ratings
Screaming And Streaming Into The Starlit Nite
2010
0.00 | 0 ratings
The Mellow Mushroom Cosmic Cow
2010
4.00 | 1 ratings
A Nice Pear
2010

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 The Kaleidoscopic Kat and It's Autoscopic Ego by SENDELICA album cover Studio Album, 2013
3.09 | 4 ratings

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The Kaleidoscopic Kat and It's Autoscopic Ego
Sendelica Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Welsh band SENDELICA have released a steady stream of productions since their debut album "Spaceman Bubblegum And Other Weird Tales From The Mercury Mind" saw the light of day in 2007, on a number of different labels in different countries too. "The Kaleidoscopic Kat and It's Autoscopic Ego" is their most recent studio production, and was digitally released in the summer of 2013. A CD edition was ready at just about the same time, and a vinyl edition appeared a few months later.

It would appear that this is a production where Sendelica does give their nods to some of the artists they enjoy and that possibly might be referenced as creative inspirations. I'm fairly certain that I should be able to decode a few more than I have done. Some of the tracks are fairly self explaining in terms of where the references go though: Set the Controls for the Heart of the Buddha, 21st Century Autoscopic Ego Man and It's the Neu!! Kosmiche Disko is a trio of tracks that doesn't really need any detailed information as far what songs and artists are referenced I think.

From what I can understand these aren't cover versions in any usual manner however, but more like constructions where fleeting instances of the artist and song referenced makes occasional appearances. With the possibility that quite a lot of the material are variations on the referenced source material just as much as inspired by it and made and performed in the same spirit. Be that as it may be, the important bit is that this isn't, at least as I experience this production and these songs, even close to being an album with three or more cover versions of well known material. Homages and material that acknowledge the influential nature of certain bands and specific compositions indeed, but done in a tasteful and creative manner.

As for the music itself in a more specific manner, Sendelica continue doing what they do best. Instrumental psychedelic rock is the name of the game here, with vintage fuzz guitars complete with distortions, effects and reverbs, with psych-dripping soloing aplenty, backed by a steady and secure rhythm section and with plenty of keyboards supplying melodic textures, effects and cosmic details, with Mellotron washes and saxophone soloing further enriching the arrangements. Their latest production is for me one fairly similar to their previous ones on some levels too: Their excursions tend to be pleasant rather than truly engaging to my mind, material that will hit right home with a certain crowd where I'm one of the guys placed in the outer perimeter. Still, Sendelica tend to have a few creations at hand that also gives me a slight case of goosebumps, in a positive meaning of the word, and on this disc Something in a Grain of Sand and Set the Controls for the Heart of the Buddha are the items I'd highlight from a strictly personal point of view. The former a cyclic affair with a compelling synth motif at the start and finish, briefly taken over by the bass guitar in the midsection, the latter referencing Pink Floyd's classic and sporting a fine bass and drums foundation with smooth, gliding keyboard textures on top and, unless I'm much mistaken, both plucked delicate guitar details and treated fuzz textures by way of the same instrument. With a few more bells and whistles applied to both of these items obviously, but with the details described as some of the more dominant aspects of these tracks.

All in all a fine album that will come across as a pleasant overall experience to a good deal of people. And for a select crowd this production will be a real treat, presumably those who tend to have a soft spot for instrumental psychedelic rock of the kind that employs fuzz guitars and cosmic inspired effects- Furthermore I'd guess that many krautrock fans would describe "The Kaleidoscopic Kat and it's Autoscopic Ego" as a production well worth spending some time and money on too.

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 The Satori In Elegance Of The Majestic Stonegazer by SENDELICA album cover Studio Album, 2012
4.00 | 3 ratings

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The Satori In Elegance Of The Majestic Stonegazer
Sendelica Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars Welsh outfit SENDELICA have been around since 2005, releasing a score of EPs and albums on various labels around the globe. "The Satori in Elegance of the Majestic Stonegazer" is their most recent production at the time of writing, and was issued on their own label FRG Records in the summer of 2012.

In terms of musical direction this is a band that fits rather smugly into being described as an instrumental psychedelic rock band on this occasion. Space rock fans will encounter infrequent futuristic effects enough to warrant an interest also from this crowd, but the heart and soul of this endeavour is a psychedelic one as I experience it. Improvisational in expression to, all cuts on this disc comes across as the result and part of jam sessions rather than premade compositions performed in a recording studio. The reality may or may not be different, but the music does come with strong associations towards this type of music.

As is rather common for such excursions, the bass guitar and drums appears to set the foundation for the musical journeys, the former mostly limited to provide a circulating base motif the non-rhythmical instruments can improvise upon, the latter more important in terms of shifts in pace and intensity. In this case this last aspect isn't a feature that defines this album I might add, as Sendelica appears to be a band that hone in on hypnotic repetition rather than more or less organically evolving sonic and cosmic journeys.

There are a number of bands out there exploring similar general grounds as Sendelica do on this album, and what separates Sendelica from the rest is that these guys have opted to go back in time for inspiration. Psych drenched arguably primitive sounding guitar riffs and soloing is at the heart of the proceedings. Primitive as in with an early 70's sound more than in tone and expression as such, but also with a fair few distinctly distorted, rough textures utilized throughout. And when not delivering psych-drenched darker toned riffs or improvised solo runs, there's also room for gentler, light toned reverberating displays void of any distortion whatsoever, and initially it's when the band explores these fragile vibes I found them most interesting this time around. Aetherland the first of these pieces, which is also among the stronger tracks on this disc as I regard it.

Four-part epic Satori in Elegance does have it's moments too I might add, but the clear highlight for me comes with Preseli Daze. On this piece keyboards and effects are ditched to find place for the saxophone instead, and the manner in which the sax and guitar complement each other and trade roles on this number adds life and vibrancy to this effort that does elevate it a bit above the others, at least as my mind decodes this type of music. Final piece The Majestic Stonegazer is another fine effort worth mentioning, a slight exception in style with it's dark, massive guitar riffs chugging on top of march inspired rhythms and a distinct drone-like, fuzzy edge, the repetitive scope of this piece a successful one as far as hypnotic effect is concerned.

Sendelica isn't a band I think will find a huge audience eagerly awaiting their exploits on the basis of this CD at least. But those with a soft spot for retro-oriented, improvised psychedelic rock of the instrumental variety should take the time to seek out this production for a psych-drenched journey back in time. Especially those amongst them with a soft spot for guitar dominated material with something of an emphasis on the use of repetitive mannerisms utilized for hypnotic effect.

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 The Pavilion of Magic and the Trials of the Seven Surviving Elohim by SENDELICA album cover Studio Album, 2011
3.00 | 3 ratings

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The Pavilion of Magic and the Trials of the Seven Surviving Elohim
Sendelica Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Windhawk
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars Welsh outfit SENDELICA has been an active outfit in the 5 or so years they have issued material, with at least for full length efforts and some additional singles and EP's released in various manners, from relatively easily available productions to limited editions of different kinds that presumably are rather hard to get these days. "The Pavilion of Magic and the Trials of the Seven Surviving Elohim" is their most recent effort, and was issued in June 2011.

This disc is to most extents a single track, divided into seven different segments, and with two tracks appended as so called bonus material. Which in this particular context presumably means that they are to be considered as separate entities. Besides being standalone pieces both of them are cover versions, Venus in Furs a Psychedelic Furs tune and This Is the Day a creation that first came courtesy of a certain Captain Beefhart. Of the two I found the former most interesting, a calm and smooth psychedelic effort where strong lead vocals manage to carry the tune very well. While the latter gets to be a tad too slow and gentle for my taste, ever so slightly lacking in tension inducing elements and contrasts to the extent my personal taste require.

Much the same can be said for the massive 55 minute creation that is the main course on this excursion. The seven different parts each exploring slightly different musical territories, but most of them sharing the common trait of being a tad too slow paced for my tastes, and without contrasts or additional details that manage to flavour the repeated theme and subtle improvised variations that is the main approach throughput.

The bass guitar forms the central core of the tracks, recurring circulating motifs combining quite nicely with the drums that would appear to have as the main task to set and maintain momentum alongside instigating any needed changes in pace, and to some extent intensity. I found myself thinking of acts like Eloy and Hawkwind for this detail in terms of sound an expression, more of the former than the latter admittedly and without the intensity any of the twain does have at their best.

Still, it is a good basis for these endeavours. The ever so slight letdown for me is the repetitive nature of the motifs provided and explored by the guitar, b it the dreamladen guitar soloing dominating opening effort Zhyly Byly or the light, swirling gentle guitar licks that is given the limelight on Orion Delight. To name but two. The music is pleasant and often beautiful, but in a manner I'd describe as introverted to a much greater extent than entertaining as such. Contemplative music if you like, careful psychedelic rock that should work to perfection when in need of meditation and relaxing but that only rarely manage to grab you and drag you into the music itself.

While this may read out as a rather harsh assessment that isn't actually the case. This is merely a long-winded manner in which to say that the major parts of this production consist of material that doesn't truly stand out. Good examples of the genre, which in this case is just as much psychedelic as space rock I might add, and those who like this type of music will most likely enjoy this effort too. I suspect people with a slightly introverted personality will possibly be those who gets most pleasure from it, while those fond of stark contrasts and musical details of the more challenging sort will be less impressed.

And there are a couple of highlights to be found as well. The opening part of Guiding the Night is a true joy, the darker-toned riff patterns served up here an enticing experience that ends a tad too fast for my personal taste, the following guitar solo gradually evolving back towards the initial riff pattern slightly less interesting. Later on Banshees and Fetches is an epic length creation that has a lot more going for it throughout, the fluctuating, swirling gentle guitars this time accompanied by more extensive use of keyboards, which are sparingly applied elsewhere, and two elongated parts featuring a spirited saxophone solo that works splendidly as a contrast to the rest of the instrumentation and adds a nice darker tinge to the otherwise light and dreamladen atmosphere.

Overall I suspect that this album won't have a major overall appeal, with the main audience one fond of sophisticated psychedelic rock with a slight space rock tinge that utilize careful and subtle alterations and improvisations of the main themes and motifs as the common approach compositionally and performance wise.

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 Screaming And Streaming Into The Starlit Nite by SENDELICA album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2010
3.00 | 1 ratings

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Screaming And Streaming Into The Starlit Nite
Sendelica Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Rivertree
Special Collaborator Psych/Space Team & Band Submissions

— First review of this album —
3 stars This is a new give-away from this Wales based space rock band. They like to use extensive album and song titles ... I would prefer it a little bit more compact ... never mind, not a big problem really. They also have a new regular album out in 2010. Nevertheless this EP holds four other interesting previously unpublished tracks.

Screaming Mix 2 Out 1 is a jam provided with a jazzy touch coming from Lee Relfe's saxophone. He's a regular band member but does not appear on every song. The tune opens mellow relaxed where the other instruments are very repetitive and restrained first. Just when the song runs into danger to move to something uninspired Pete Bingham's guitar unfolds, later accompanied by some synths. The 'single mix', which is closing this EP, comes as a compressed version.

Live Rehearsal USA 08 convinces like a typical improvisation where the guitar plays the first fiddle I would say ... even though Glenda Pescado's bass work is quite impressing too, much more varied this time. Halfway through Pete Bingham turns his style from psychedelic to spacey based on sensitive echoed guitar impressions - wow, well done!

Finally the short Remembering UAETCOC is made of ambient electronic elements. 'Screaming And Streaming Into The Starlit Nite' is a solid space rock production, not really spectacular, however worth it to be checked out by fans of this style.

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 The Girl From the Future Who Lit Up the Sky With Glden Worlds by SENDELICA album cover Studio Album, 2009
3.05 | 2 ratings

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The Girl From the Future Who Lit Up the Sky With Glden Worlds
Sendelica Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by avestin
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars This is the second space/psych-rock release from this Welsh group. This time they went to the USA to record it with the help of musicians there.

The album sounds like one continuous track, fuzzy sounding, spaced out and stoned; a real good trip for those seeking it. It may be hard to tell apart the different tracks but in overall, this is pleasant to listen to and certainly relaxing. While I was a bit afraid of hearing too much of jams and perhaps boring music (to my ears that is), I was actually pleasantly surprised, that while bearing the marks of their previous release, this one does a good job at keeping things interesting, groovy and entertaining, while not abandoning the stoner and psychedelic elements of the music. A track like Hazelnut for instance starts in a mellow fashion and builds up slowly in a repetitive manner and what can be termed, a "standard" psychedelic rock fashion with a fuzzy and crunchy sound. There is nothing too innovative about it and nothing too impressive, though it's fun to listen to. But nothing that makes me want in particular to come back to listen to, unless I'm in the mood. Since variation in the music and in songs is something I appreciate, I also feared not to find it here. But in their own way, they do incorporate it into their music. The lengthy Manhole of the Universe for instance, presents a multi-part structure ranging from heavy stoned repetition to a nice and short melodic part to a laid back and slow ethereal section well suited to day dream to. There is also variation in the form of a breakout from their usual mold and style. Such is the case with the disco-theme in Dark Disko and the slow and more pensive track The Girl From The Future. A track like Glory Bee also presents a more direct and simplistic rock approach, with a nice blurred sounding guitar paving the way with cool effects enveloping it, creating a vast wall of sound and a warm hazy feeling.

My "issue" with Sendelica in the end is that I'm not sure I can tell apart their albums from each other, apart from the standout tracks that break the form of their style and that is exactly my point. A band can choose to stick with whatever they like and that's great. If going for a generic psychedelic/stoner/space rock sound is enough for them, and people like it, that's great. I enjoy listening to it, but this is not enough an "ear-grabber" for me to make me want to come back to these albums. If it's a psych-rock album I want to listen to, I have other options.

What I personally would love to hear Sendelica do is take the roots of their sound, their psych/stoner foundation and twist it, make a sound of their own, make something memorable, and not just another album that reminds me of the former. And the way to go, can start with two of the tracks present here on this album: Dark Disko and Manhole of the Universe. The former presents a new approach, a new way to exhibit their sound. The latter shows them taking their current sound and introducing an added complexity parameter into it, thus making it more interesting and intriguing to listen to. These two are good starting point to build on. One can think of other ways to formulate their sound differently or present it in another appealing manner. These two can be expanded more and developed further to reach a fresh style for them. That is if they're interested. But I hear in this release that they are already progressing in this sense. That they are in fact looking for new ways to express themselves and to create more varied and unique style of music. Creativity will determine if I'll like their next album or not.

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 Spaceman Bubblegum And Other Weird Tales From The Mercury Mind by SENDELICA album cover Studio Album, 2007
2.95 | 3 ratings

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Spaceman Bubblegum And Other Weird Tales From The Mercury Mind
Sendelica Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by avestin
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3 stars A trio from Wales, Sendelica delivers spacey rock elements that at times conjure up Pink Floyd and also plays psychedelic and heavier styled music with some electronic effects resulting in a final sound that takes the listener to other worlds. Their music is cool, "breezy" and serves as a good chill-out serving. The album has a groovy mood, and when it veers into the heavier parts (such as in Spaceman Bubblegum #2) it serves as a good dosage of "freakout" to let your mind loose and sounds like either a late 60's psych band or some krautrock band jamming. Repetitiveness is quite abundant throughout the tracks, and at times I feel as if surrounded by walls of sounds, as if on a psychedelic acid trip. Essentially this recording sounds to me like a collection of long jams that have a pre-conceived theme around which they develop and direct the music to whatever point it is they want to get to. And to me it sounds very well done. Jams may sound misleading, so let's say, instrumental mind-altering musical substance; long, pieces of dirty sounding excursions (in a good way) with no partitioning between lead and great rhythm. The tracks flow very well from one to the next, continuing in the same spirit with a new melody or riff yet bringing a new vibe with each tune. The music here is nothing new or original, but it's well played and most important highly fun to listen to. I can't help but get carried away and get sucked into the music as I listen to this.

Great album for tripping.

Enjoyment and listening experience: 3-3.5 stars Originality, creativity, musicianship etc.: 2.5-3 stars

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