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Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.49 | 13 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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3 stars This recording sounds so different from the debut. Lots of vocals on this album and it's not as spacey or heavy as their amazing first record. By the way the drummer thanks Bonzo, Bruford, Moon and Kate Bush among others.

"Silently Driftin'" opens with clanging noises that come and go. A laid back melody takes over. Vocals before 1 1/2 minutes. Mandolin 2 minutes in. It kicks in before 3 1/2 minutes. The sound of a siren can be heard. "Blue Frozen Flame" opens with guitar before the drums take over. Then vocals and organ join in. "High On Hopes" has a good soundscape with relaxed guitar but i'm not a fan of the vocals. The guitarist starts to rip it up after 2 minutes. "Aura Fiducia" opens with the wind blowing as the guitar comes in then vocals. Violin 3 1/2 minutes in. It ends with whistling. "No Peak To Pass" is pretty heavy with some attitude. "Compromised Space" is led by drums and vocals early. A nice spacey soundscape takes over 4 minutes in although the vocals aren't the best. It's building. Great sound 5 1/2 minutes in.

"Healin' Skin" almost has a Country flavour to it with harmonica. Not a fan although it changes after 3 minutes with some good guitar. "Breath Messages" opens and closes with the sounds of someone breathing. I like the sound of this one when it gets going. Kind of dark with violin and vocals. "In The Spiral" has the focus squarely on the vocals. Spacey synths later. Not a fan of this one. "Ode To The Undone" is a good song. I like the violin and vocals on this laid back tune. "The Tunnel Inversion" turns heavy quickly as the mood and tempo continue to change. "Baby Gaia" is catchy but when the vocals come in it's not nearly as good. "Tombola" is such a good song probably my favourite. Laid back with sax late. I swear I hear mellotron in this one as well.

Overall this is barely 3 stars. My favourite style of Psychedelic music is more in line with their debut.

Mellotron Storm | 3/5 |


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