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Sounds Of New Soma


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4 stars As the album title unmistakeably signifies, this was recorded live at the Green Mushroom Festival ... hey, you want to know where and when this event may have occured? Well, I couldn't find any information about the named location. So this will be a joke, a fake. Forgivable of course, as it is common courtesy all around the German (neo) krautrock related scene. I mean the intention to hoax a bit, to challenge the listener, to play with anagrams concerning album respectively track titles ... and so on. The first track Schein is more than indicative then, no surprise really. This german word has multiple meanings, but I would translate it to 'Pseudo' here in a strict sense.

Somebody is introducing the 'festival' with a distorted voice. And initially it all sounds like a concert intro including sound check. A live in the studio expedition though most likely, as I also can't recognize any reaction coming from an audience. While regularly serving a kosmische blend of electronics and krautrock on their common studio albums, the show is more characterized by a mesmerizing space rock procedure. This predominantly due to the inclusion of guest drummer Armin Schopper, who will contribute the obligatory mid-tempo groove. Furthermore the guitars are more relevant as usual in contrast to the electronics.

SOUNDS OF NEW SOMA are serving a wonderful floating atmosphere, spacey, laid back. Somewhat hypnotic, very nice. Managing guitar, bass and synthesizer goodies Alexander Djelassi and Dirk Raupach are representing the core. 'Other psychedelic astronauts' are introduced as well, something else to speculate about if you will. Weinende Eidechsen even sees them partially leaving into heavy territories with slicing guitars and powerful drumming. Backed by electronic loops Projektionen on the other hand won't need percussion, is close to Tangerine Dream. A proper album if you intend to relax and slip away into an alternative dimension for some time.

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