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Psychedelic/Space Rock

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4 stars This album was recorded/mixed by the band during July 1998 in Istanbul and titled as 'Siddhartha' first. Apparently the songs were only available for a small amount of prog fans at that time. Don't know why this colorful piece was buried for so long. Anyhow - remastered ten years later in New York and containing some minor changes as for the track listing it's out now once more due to the TRAIL Records label.

They should not be confused with the eponymous 70's german krautrock act which released the obscure album 'Weltschmerz'. This SIDDHARTHA band comes from Turkey though featuring six musicians. Unfortunately they were disbanded in 2001. Besides the rhythm section two guitarists and keyboard/synth players are caring for a lush sound. You will also find some additional artists who are bringing more versatility to the sound. Every song is differing, provided with other facets. Additionally they are interspersing some native oriental elements here and there.

It's surely correct to say that SIDDHARTHA have a dominant spacey and psychedelic fundament. The long tracks are the album's highlights in any case - floating with some jam character. You will detect a lot of synthesizer patterns, echoing guitars and some Pink Floyd leanings. Crossing the ten minute mark the title track is an excellent example here provided with a cosmic vibe plus a gripping progress.

But their music is equally reaching for the art rock territory getting near to some Porcupine Tree output. The mellow Distant Cry comes probably as the closest one. The Explorer is provided by a grooving skeleton and this develops to a high energetic performance in the end with crashing guitar riffs. As for the contrary the ballad Desert follows immediately based on acoustic guitars. Baroque consists of some nice spinet similar moments. And Beyond Destiny is representing an eclectic style coupled with funfair organ.

The album's longest track Nervous Breakdown shines with diversified guitars when alternating between floating and rocking parts. The suitable title comes from a short interlude where it all gets weird accompanied by a crazy overburdening voice. No worry - the band is able to recollect soon. The closing Black impresses me because of the melancholic mood, emotional guitar work and fascinating female vocal appearance by Nil Karaibrahimgil. The hidden track mania does not even stop here. Officially noted with a length of less than nine minutes you are surprised with a bonus which enlarges the song involving an ambient flow arranged by synthy patterns and mellow guitars.

TRAIL Records have released another high quality album - shrouded in mystery a little bit because re-served after 10 years. 'A Trip To Innerself' contains quite diversified material offered by a skilled band and is worked out with an excellent sound mix. It's worth it to have a listen.

Rivertree | 4/5 |


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