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SHIMMER INTO NATURE

Ed Wynne

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.51 | 3 ratings

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5 stars It appears the Ozrics are on hiatus. He didn't say Ozrics are done for good, but just giving them a rest. Maybe we'll see a new Ozric release a few years down the road. Or not. He has since returned to the UK, this time in Fife, in Scotland. I remembered Ed and Brandi losing their home in the 2012 Colorado wildfires that also claimed a lot of their Ozric memorabilia. He decided to return to the UK because he was sick and tired of those Rocky Mountain winters. I'm not 100% clear on Ed's relation with Brandi but they've been clearly separated for some time (probably around the time of Technicians of the Sacred). I do know that Brandi had remained in the States and Ed returned to the UK. But even before the move, he started working on a solo album, which he continued right to his move to Scotland, and that's Shimmer into Nature. As a solo act, he could have done anything that may be out of the question on an Ozric release, instead he sticks very close to the Ozric template. Unlike an Ozric release, this is really an Ed solo album, but he does get some small participation with the likes of Tom Brooks (early Ozric member), Silas Neptune (his son), Paul Hankin (early Ozric member who reappeared on Technicians of the Sacred) and others. There is no band interaction, so that's the major difference between this and an Ozric release; however, this album only demonstrated how crucial Ed was for that Ozric sound. Plenty of Ozric familiarity to be found here: lots of his usual great guitar playing, spacy synths, frequently with a techno feel. In fact it's really hard to distinguish this from an Ozric release, which can be a complaint, but hey, if you love that sound and can't get enough, this album is completely up your alley. I also dig the artwork, really psychedelic, reminds me a bit of Blim, although the artwork is done by a guy named John Hurford, who's specialty is nature-oriented psychedelic artwork, so I imagine the Shimmer into Nature album title would be in honor of Mr. Hurford himself. This album is just amazing and fits nicely with your Ozric collection. Any fan of Ozric Tentacles need to own this.
Progfan97402 | 5/5 |

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