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3RD EAR EXPERIENCE is a new genuine space rock band recording musical improvisations in a little studio situated out in the highlands of Joshua Tree/Mojave Desert, just where some of the members live. The outfit includes Dug Pinnick of KING'S X fame, Robbi Robb of the African acid rock band TRIBE AFTER TRIBE and synth player Amritakripa, also inherently involved in Indian devotional music.

Three days of free form jams led on to the self-released debut album 'Peacock Black' which is comprised of four extended tracks. At times being courageously experimental they abandoned formal arrangements and allowed the music to flow in a cosmic sonic dialogue between fellow musicians and stargazers. The result is summing up trance-like and groovy excursions, Kosmische Musik in the Berlin School vein as well as dramatic and otherwordly moments.

Shortly after that Megaforce Records released another band album named 'Boi', this time featuring eight tunes with a more common song structure. 2013 - 2014 saw the band attracting favorable press internationally and they were also honored to open for the Swedish stoner band, the Truckfighters, on their 2013 USA tour. Recorded with a modified line up again their next album 'Incredible Good Fortune' came out in autumn 2014, consisting of new extended explorations.

Furthermore the band will be included in the upcoming feature documentary film about the history and legacy of the desert stoner rock music scene called 'Desert Age'. 3RD EAR EXPERIENCE certainly will please every fan of unbounded psychedelic and space rock music.

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4.03 | 10 ratings
Peacock Black
3.92 | 13 ratings
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 Incredible Good Fortune by 3RD EAR EXPERIENCE album cover Studio Album, 2014
4.03 | 13 ratings

Incredible Good Fortune
3rd Ear Experience Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Rivertree
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4 stars When I'm in touch with Robbi here and there, hey, it's always a pleasure to notice what a positive and open-minded attitude he's going to express. 'Incredible Good Fortune' must be the key term for that - being at peace with the world and yourself, so to say - at least temporarily without any reservations. And this obviously includes having much fun when playing at Shakti Festival with Amritakripa's band for example, or recording jam sessions together with his friends down there right in the Mojave Desert. Hereby 3RD EAR EXPERIENCE is more of a project than a band. What means the line up is always in progress, more or less.

As a consequence the musical output essentially depends from the situation, the atmosphere, the mood .. and of course which musicians are available (or not) currently, simple as that. That's the reason why bassist Dug Pinnick is missing on this production and latin american rooted Jorge Bassman (who else, eh???) joined the task force. Well, they did it again, the third album from that extraordinary crew in the meanwhile. I like the colourful art work. But first of all this is a clever mixture of pre-arrangement and improvisation, I would say, you can listen to over and over again without being bored. The full range between hell and heaven - tightly packed with a running time of nearly 80 minutes.

Besides the glowing guitar input all over, this is featuring a powerful as well as tribal rhythm section, well placed synthesizer add-ons, Alan Swanson's virtuoso organ, spaced out saxophone by John Whoolilurie aso aso ... Tools opens this fortunate trip with melancholic guitar, a song rich in variety while enclosing floating as well as heavy rocking parts, even put with headbanging qualities. On Parsley Amritakripa offers some intriguing Indian chanting, though on the following White Bee changing to a transcendental or maybe even alienated expression when speaking in cosmic terms. Fantastic guitar presence here towards the end of the song!

Space Rock at its best, powerful and expressive more than ever, garnished with some ethno feel and several traces of Robbi's former band TRIBE AFTER TRIBE. With 'Incredible Good Fortune' they have succeeded in landing a new coup. Go and see for yourself - experience coupled with inspiration is an invincible amalgam. First contact? If not already happened, now at the latest it's time to get in touch with this crew - or freely adapted from Steven Spielberg - time for the Fortunate Encounters of the 3rd Ear Experience - 4.5 stars.

 Peacock Black by 3RD EAR EXPERIENCE album cover Studio Album, 2013
4.03 | 10 ratings

Peacock Black
3rd Ear Experience Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Rivertree
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4 stars The Art Of Listening With The Third Ear

So this is another nice surprise which I came across recently ... due to the tribal rhythms and psychedelic influences I already had the band TRIBE AFTER TRIBE in mind in recent times - the song 'Ice Below' attracted my attention especially - and now the band's mastermind and guitarist Robbi Robb comes up with a new space rock project, plus two interesting albums at once on top of it. The 3RD EAR EXPERIENCE line-up is featuring various incarnations, more than ten members are involved in total. Additionally wellknown to me are bass player Dug Pinnick of KING'S X fame and Amritakripa, deeply involved in Indian music, also caring for the synthesizer goodies.

Somewhere deep in the Californian Mojave Desert they came together for a few days (respectively nights) to jam, a region being popular for the Joshua Trees ... and stargazing especially. Well, circumstances which are inspiring per se when it comes to a space rock crew, of course! For the sister album 'Boi' - which was released on the Megaforce Records label by the way - they have cut some jams up into eight regular songs. This self-released album though is comprised of four really extended excursions, where they let it flow with intent, with enough room for experiments.

The band starts the engines in a relatively common way - The Surface Of Last Scattering comes with groove and a jazzy touch, nice restrained organ (Alan Swanson) and saxophone (Aaron Merc) input inclusively. Drummer Eric Mouness serves a tremendous drive and overall this comes close to the Oresund Space Collective in parts, I would say. The following title track is trance pure on the other hand - the band's experimental side chops out. Amritakripa (Kripa in short) provides female voices which appear like coming from a foreign world, this reminds me of the German Chickencage Experience, I mean the vocal sisters MichaeLa Flame and Howling Mad Fishli especially.

Including some dramatic rebellion in between they are basically cultivating a wonderful meandering and partially hallucinogenic style here, with Robbi in top form. For one or two times it seems like the crew is drawing a cut, but another new attempt brings them forward once again - very inspired moments ... Pocket Full Of Stars works in a similar way, this time some digeridoo attendence has to be considered, also nice electric piano. However, the jam temporarily falls back into a lovely, fluffy direction, before they enter the absolutely intriguing finale, wow!

The ultimate long track High Lands initiates with an extended electronical session. This sounds like inspired by the Berlin School. You may not expect any change furthermore ... but right in the middle the band comes in with the already noted planitude of power - that means the song gradually increases to a massive statement in the end. 'Black Peacock' was recorded and mixed by second guitarist Eric Ryan - overall a fantastic spontaneous musical interaction of like-minded musicians, which does not leave anything to be desired. Kudos, Robbi, Dug and all the others ... for me, even after a bunch of listening sessions, this still is a magical attraction - 4.5 stars so far.

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