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ROTVÄLTA

The Spacious Mind

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.44 | 13 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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5 stars This is one of the best Psychedelic albums I have ever heard. A 56 minute suite that is divided into 6 parts, but they all blend together. Tom Hayes describes the mellow and meditative sections as: "...recalling the Ohr years of TANGERINE DREAM, especially "Alpha Centauri"...Rare a modern band accurately recreates that vibe, but the extensive use of droning organ, echoed electric piano, hand percussion and acoustic guitar go a long way to explaining this". He goes on to say: "THE SPACIOUS MIND are one of the very few bands today that seem to understand the roots of the past, while successfully moving forward with new and exciting ideas". Amen brother !

"Part 1" opens with spacey sounds that build, drums can be heard in the background. It's getting louder before 3 minutes as abrasive guitar sounds join in. It settles some before 6 minutes. Very spacey. "Part 2" isn't as spacey and a bass line comes in joined by drums. It's really laid back and mellow here.The guitar joins in tastefully after 3 minutes and piano follows. It starts to kick in after 6 minutes. Nice. This is amazing ! They're ripping it up ! It starts to wind down after 13 minutes. Check out the mellotron-like storm that comes in after 14 1/2 minutes. "Part 3" has such a beautiful beginning like the calm after the storm really.The organ floats, synths wash and the guitar is picked. Sounds to get louder after 3 minutes then it turns dark and experimental late.

"Part 4" is where the percussion comes in followed by electric guitar soundscapes. It kicks in at 1 1/2 minutes to a gorgeous trippy melody. Love the guitar with the spacey background sounds that get really loud then calm right down. "Part 5" has these spacey organ-like sounds as some heavy guitar comes in. It kicks in at 1 1/2 minutes as the guitar starts to wail. Unbelieveable ! Best part of the album for me. It stops before 8 minutes ! Then turns spacey.Tambourine-like sounds end it with strummed guitar. "Part 6" has a haunting soundscape that takes over as the tambourine fades away.This is dark and laid back. This eerie mood ends after 3 minutes as some gentle guitar comes in. It's building then it settles back to end it.

An absolute treasure that will sit on the shelf with the other Psychedelic gems I admire.

Mellotron Storm | 5/5 |

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