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Architectural Metaphor


Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.03 | 14 ratings

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Eetu Pellonpaa
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2 stars This band mixes melodic hard rock riff approach to the post-psychedelic improvisations strenghtened with a lady singer and quite dark, unclear sounds. These sounds do not please me much, and to be honest, the first impression of the album was a question are the instuments in same tune. I'm not usually very allergig to bad sounds (or tunes, tonedeaf...), but somehow this record sounds quite unbalanced and not very pleasing. Some moments offer quite nice improvisations, but they are accompanied also with unconvinging fade outs and slightly uncertain sounding performing.

"Kairos" and "March of Wooden Potatoes" have quite good sounding sonic landscapes, and resemble both "Richocet"-era Tangerine Dream and 1990's Hawkwind. Other association from the costructed songs and bolder psychedelic solutions is more stoned and less guitar-emphasizing version of Kingston Wall. "Holographic Caves" has also interesting stonlgy echo-treated approach. I prefer to hear these elements, but the composed melodic tunes like the opener and "All Tomorrow's Parties" are not very fun to listen. Also some experimental tunes like "Holy Ground" do not create a desire to listen them again. This being just my personal opinion ofcourse.

The album ends to a Hawkwind cover, which doesn't in my opinion bring much extra value to the record or to the original song, but certainly is a homage to an innovator. The improvisation following the composed part is very fine. So personally, I think I would enjoy this band more if they would focus more to creating improvisations and electronic soundrealms and do some little more qualitry control in the recordings. But most important is ofcourse that band follows the path the choose themselves. Great promise in the stuff, have to check out if the other records of the group are better.

Eetu Pellonpaa | 2/5 |


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