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Psychedelic/Space Rock • Denmark


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DRAGONTEARS is a side project of the stoner rock based group BABY WOODROSE from Denmark. A recording only band headed by guitarist Lorenzo Woodrose which is quite far away from the usual heavy rock style here. Enlarged by members of the band ON TRIAL they recorded their debut during one week between Christmas and New Years Eve in 2005 at the Black Tornado studio in Copenhagen. This album named '2000 Micrograms From Home' was offered in 2007 by Bad Afro Records and was originally concipated as a vinyl release only. Six cuts are included deriving from improvised jam sessions deep in hallucinatory psychedelia.

One year later they followed this path with the second release 'Tambourine Freak Machine'. Once again you will detect all the ingredients what the genre is able to present - trippy spacey songs with hypnotic parts, a lot of electronica and experimental elements. DRAGONTEARS is a recommended project for fans of the genre which shows a retro as well as a modern approach.

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3.88 | 7 ratings
2000 Micrograms From Home
2007
3.48 | 8 ratings
Tambourine Freak Machine
2008
4.50 | 7 ratings
Turn On Tune In Fuck Off
2010

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 Turn On Tune In Fuck Off by DRAGONTEARS album cover Studio Album, 2010
4.50 | 7 ratings

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Dragontears Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by djastro

5 stars Danish Dragontears released their third album at the beginning of this month. Although I really enjoy also the two previous albums (2000 Micrograms from Home, 2007 and Tambourine Freak Machine, 2008), this brand new one is possibly the best. So it's downright sad that Turn on Tune in Fuck off!! is at the same time also the last Dragontears album. The band's main figure, Baby Woodrose's Lorenzo Woodrose has decided that from now on he will incorporate also his weirdest and most psychedelic ideas into the albums of the main band. Well, it's of course a good thing considering the future Baby Woodrose albums! And these former and present members of On Trial and Baby Woodrose surely have several other projects as well.

As usual, Turn on Tune in Fuck off!! includes both shorter, rockier psych rock tunes and a long, hazy and floating track. The album begins with the relatively fast and hypnotic "Two Tongue Talk" that has for example fuzz, tremolo and organ and could have appeared also on some Baby Woodrose album. This is excellent going with plenty of psychedelic sounds! "No Salvation" is a garage rock blast based mostly on just one basic riff and it also includes some female backing vocals and 13th Floor Elevators styled psych sounds (electric jug). This one works extremely well too! "My Friend" is a beautiful, melancholic and touching acoustic psych folk piece that also includes plenty of hallucinatory sound effects. Amazing! "Time of No Time" begins with a minute-long Eastern drone and then starts the doomsday-trumpeting, excellent mid-tempo and groovy 60's styled rocking. There is a long, hypnotic section in the end that I also like very much. This track is possibly the best on the album! The over 13-minute-long "William" starts off quietly and peacefully with a hallucinatory sonic web and soon we also get some slow, small-scale rhythm and bass. Then the bubbling guitar patterns and floating vocals join in too. The atmosphere is really smoky and heady and stays like that until the end. The last minute or so is mostly just vague ringing bells and lysergic mush and then they go seamlessly into the album's final track called "Mennesketvilling". Like the previous track, this gloomy, slow and somehow apocalyptic song has Danish lyrics like Spids Nøgenhat, one other project by these guys. The track has superb, soaring guitar soloing like the whole album and it finishes off this unbelievable disc in suitably hazy moods. I don't have the album's vinyl version yet but the first 500 copies come with a bonus 7" so it's a must-have! It's also great that even if this project is about to end Dragontears will play a few more gigs next year for example at Roadburn Festival. You should go and see them live!

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 Tambourine Freak Machine by DRAGONTEARS album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.48 | 8 ratings

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Dragontears Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by octopus-4
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3 stars My first review of a Danish band and a nice surprise. Take the Amon Duul's poor debut. Extract the few good things from that album, add some inventive and a good melodic line eclipsed by the quirky keyboard's background.

There's something that makes me think to the Japaneses Karuna Khyal, even if not so scary as them. At least in the first track, maybe because they are geographically close, I see some contact points with the dutch 35007 and, please don't think I'm mad, some Ayreon in the singing. The last minutes of The River fade into Sunrise. Strange electronic sounds and the acoustic guitar still remind to Amon Duul but it goes into rock after one minute. It's like we are back in 1970.

"Masters of War" is a Dylan's cover that enhances the sensation of being in 1970 with 12- strings guitar and tablas. A very good cover. I've found myself thinking to how this song could sound if arranged by Metallica.

"The freedom seed" is the longest track. It opens very floydian with an organ playing a major chord (or without the 3rd note so it sounds like major) and ummagumma like sounds. Bass and percussion remind to "Let there be more light", then the organ plays a background eastern-flavoured melody like Rick Wright was used to do. The singing gives it a clue of Krautrock. The fact that the basic chord is major transmits a positive sensation even in the most chaotic parts. I think it represents a "good trip". A rapid glance to the Nirvana. This is what I mean for psychedelic music.

It's followed by a dark filler: "Rocco's revenge". Just one minute and half of darkness that reminds to "Tsunami" of 35007.

The closing track, "Dreamweaver 2" is an electronic track again in the mood of 35007. Not bad but not an highlight.

This album is very promising. Not enough to be rated 4 stars, but an excellent addition to any psychedelic/space rock collection.

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 2000 Micrograms From Home by DRAGONTEARS album cover Studio Album, 2007
3.88 | 7 ratings

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Dragontears Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Rivertree
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4 stars '2000 Microgramms From Home' marks the debut of Lorenzo Woodrose's DRAGONTEARS project. Originally playing stoner rock in the band BABY WOODROSE the musicians are turning deep into the psych/space territory here. Heavy rocking elements are taking a backseat and instead of that we have tons of echo guitar and vocals, dreamy spaced out sounds presented in a hypnotic mood. I started to listen to the band with the follower 'Tambourine Freak Machine' first and it totally convinced me and therefore was praised with five stars. Surely a heavy load for this debut album which contains six songs representing a vinyl length of nearly 40 minutes.

Woodrose dominates with his song writing skills and excellent vocals - distorted a little bit but charming anyhow. The first four songs are shorter dreamy excursions controlled by acoustic and quirky electric guitars, glockenspiel and spacey synth and organ patterns. Borderline gets out of the range presenting 60s psychedelia references backed by a simple beat. This is very melodic by the way and defenitely inviting for singing along. Suitable for a science fiction movie the short Heliodrone is dominated by synths which are sounding like spaceship machines. And then the album also holds the long jam The Doors Of Prescription - a spacey trip showing a simple repetitive rhythm and lots of variations by guitar and vocals over the course of time - hypnotic, floating and relaxed grooving. Some samples are integrated which brings more varity. For me the ultimate highlight - great song!

Compared to the following album 'Tambourine Freak Machine' this is not that tricky as for my impression, less spiked with experimental ideas. Nevertheless it's a very good listenable album for fans of psychedelic and spacey trips. Unfortunately DRAGONTEARS is a studio project what I know and the chance to enjoy this music live on a stage is very very small - but never say never ...

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3.48 | 8 ratings

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Review by Rivertree
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4 stars I couldn't listen to the debut from 2007 yet. 'Tambourine Freak Machine' sounds like they have worked out their masterpiece. Anyhow - I'm noncommital actually. The predecessor album was immediately ordered after getting into this album. But there is no reason to wait for reviewing this one as a matter of fact.

DRAGONTEARS is a side project of the stoner rock band BABY WOODROSE where guitarist Lorenzo Woodrose can be treated as the mastermind. They are additionally supported by some members of another danish band called ON TRIAL.

First of all - don't expect much heavy psych/space rock in the vein of HAWKWIND or 35007. 'The concept is letting songs evolve freely in the sonic playground' they write on the myspace site. That's the case - and this is prepared in a more hallucinatory transcendental way which lets you questioning the musician's stoner rock origin in any case. The album sounds like recorded on bloc and is pointing to the former hippiesque 60/70s times a lot. But on the other hand this is not retro exclusively because they also use several innovative electronic ingredients.

Starting with The River - not a Springsteen cover but a drug fantasy by the way - they immediately catch you to enter a somewhat musical delerium. You feel like getting phlegmatic ... no, this doesn't apply exactly ... better like listening in slow-motion. Dead honest! 'The river flows within my mind' - ethereal vocals by Woodrose plus decent drum and acoustic guitar contributions. Well done - melancholic and weird at once. Mysterious synths and quirky electric guitar tones are swirling around. I really wonder how they managed to work out such an impressing mood.

Spooky snippets like coming from aliens contacting mother earth are colliding with an oriental mizmar similiar sound when fading into the follower Sunrise. This is tabla and acoustic guitar driven first, later changing to a rocking part which comes near to their heavy origin. But this doesn't last for a long time because they start to interpret the Bob Dylan song Masters Of War afterwards, a ballad with some creepy synths in the background. The following The Freedom Seed appears as the next highlight falling back into this hallucinatory dimension soon. A hypnotic piece with repetitive percussion and organ/synth patterns featuring danish punk diva Janine Neble - hard to describe - you have to listen and to conceive your own opinion.

The album ends with the experimental tune Dreamweaver 2 dominated by a drum machine rhythm and japanese toy key. Danceable though I have to confess and matching perfectly to the whole album with deformed vocals. Manoj Ramdas, former guitarist of THE RAVEONETTES is involved here. Probably they recorded this album en passant, just for fun and because of that it comes up in a fresh relaxed manner. I want more of this! Definetely an outstanding discovery in 2008.

'Tambourine Freak Machine' is recommended with a relaxed spacey base and nice melodies as well as portions of weirdness which makes this also interesting for krautrock fans. A special mix which is hardly comparable ...

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