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HIGH DEPENDENCY UNIT are a psychedelic rock band from Dunedin/New Zealand. Tristan Dingemans (guitar, vocals), Neil Phillips (bass) and drummer Constantine Karlis started in 1994 with indie rock roots, evolved into an experimental prog outfit during the following years though. They produced one EP and a single in 1995, quickly followed by the debut album 'Sum Of The Few' one year later. With the new EP 'Higher' in 1997 they moved their sound into new progressive territories, unleashed a little later as the seventy-minute re-configuration 'Higher ++' including some remixes.

In 1998 the band's second full-length album 'Crosschannel Multitap' came out, featuring some free-form extrapolations provided with the approach to offer entertaining varied impressions. Some highly acclaimed live shows followed together with Mogwai and US band Shellac until in 2000 the four track EP 'Memento Mori' saw the light of day. It marked another major step along the band's unique musical path. While gaining airtime and excellent reviews in the States this was leading up to their following US tour. A fortnight at Steve Albini's Electrical Audio recording complex in Chicago laid down the framework for the band's new album 'Fire Works', which was released on Flying Nun Records in 2001.

In 2006 HIGH DEPENDENCY UNIT took fans by surprise when they broke a recording silence of several years and released a new single 'Tungunska' - an epic, psychedelic soundtrack. Two years later they produced the full-fledged album 'Metamathics', a new collection of quite varied sonic textures. Hereby they found themselves starting again nearly from scratch after a hard drive died taking all the album mixes from the recent two years with it. So in the end the result is more experimental, different to the way they were shaping up to be before the computer incident.

HIGH DEPENDENCY UNIT offer a multi-faceted stylistical blend of psychedelic, space, post, shoegaze, garage, ambient and drone. Although it's been a while since they've recorded new material, the band's future is still an open book and they're touring New Zealand from time to time.

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Sum Of The Few
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Higher ++
4.00 | 2 ratings
Crosschannel Multitap
3.00 | 1 ratings
Fire Works
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Abstinence: Delicacy
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Abstinence: Acrimony
3.95 | 2 ratings
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3.95 | 2 ratings

Memento Mori
High Dependency Unit Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Rivertree
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4 stars This New Zealand based HIGH DEPENDENCY UNIT crew provides an interesting stylistical variety within their albums. It took me some time to explore their stuff which is offered for streaming on their bandcamp page in its entirety. No regrets, I finally discovered a bunch of challenging space prog tunes, but also heavy psych, post, garage and shoegaze/ambient/drone inspired songs. So this EP, consisting of four songs, has convinced me completely for example ... nah! I would even say left me enthusiastic ... which cries for a review evidently.

It all starts with A Copy Of Yourself - nicely melancholic with acoustic guitar and ambient synth patterns - I especialy like the bass playing. At some point the band launches the engine though featuring crashing and soaring post rock guitars until they finally fall back into the mood where it all has begun. This is what I would call skilled dramaturgy. The fantastic Amino comes in another outfit, shows a tribal groove, Tristan Dingemans offers an echoing space guitar here and ... yeah, vocals which partially sound Sting alike.

Hold On follows as a garage/post rock blend based on a rather stoic behaviour, again provided with soaring guitar walls where Further turns into a classic floating space rock tune with experimental approach, including synth or probably even guitar generated oscillating effects, reminds me on Amplifier in some way. 30 minutes of well thought out music as for the compositional and jamming balance, which leads to the conclusion that HIGH DEPENDENCY UNIT are highly recommended to prog fans who hang out at space, post and even krautrock fields.

Thanks to rivertree for the artist addition.

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