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Polytoxicomane Philharmonie


Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.14 | 22 ratings

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4 stars Ned Busckii believes in things like rebirth ...

POLYTOXICOMANE PHILHARMONIE appear with a new exciting output in 2007. 'Drosophila' is a genus of flies and this one can be called a concept album de facto handling the adventurous story of fly Ned Busckii who wakes up one morning with the feeling that a change is definetely needed in his life. The story is given in english, provided by talented german artist Natali Haug (Ahula Tinga) and can be checked out included in the ellaborated CD package as well as on the homepage.

They are following the crazy concept once initiated with the masterpiece debut 'Psycho Erectus' in 2003. Of course some references to other acts are coming into my mind listening to the album but the band members are able to conglomerate an amazing mix of styles and influences once more, unique and really hard to describe.

Of course the recordings are starting with Busckii's lift-off but then the band hurries up to follow him with the complex Opinion provided with Zappa leanings, some samples and tempo breaks. Mini-Rock is my personal highlight - here the band creates a tremendous groove only interrupted by some weird interludes. Additionally we have wonderful female vocals remembering me of King Cobb Steelie, jazzy brass contributions and spaced-out guitars - wow - I like that! Listening to Late Train To Casket County you would consider them to be under the influence of some mind-blowing substances during the recordings furthermore. The song has a longer opening section with didgeridoo and native indian singing later followed by whispering male/female vocals with a jamming band as the background and last but not least a weird finale with spacey guitars and samples.

The long track Sotto Voce has a nice relaxed floating start supported by a cool 'sexy' saxophone. But - who is familiar with the band knows - the only constant is variation. After some time the bands plungs deep in psychedelic twin guitar jamming 'til the ultimate downfall comes with weird ambient soundscapes/samples in the second half of the song. The Mirrorman finally is an amalgamation of heavier guitar riff spiked rock n' roll and fluffy easy going elements and therefore has a special avantgarde touch.

'Drosophila Road' is a recommended album, also appealing to Zappa fans as well as krautrock lovers, more angular than the forerunner as for my impression. I prevent to mention a special member because they are acting flawlessly. POLYTOXICOMANE PHILHARMONIE are worth it to be checked out - you should play this loud!

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