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4 stars In all honesty, I bought this album based on the beautiful elephant cover. I´ve always had a sweet spot for those silly trunks, that in reality function as their nose...?

The album is called "Spirit Animal", and the music within truly reflects that. I know that the listener will almost always associate the tunes with the cover (that´s why most of the songs on Close to Edge "feel" green), but I believe Zombi´s new effort intertwine these artistic aspects to the fullest, and you will find yourself listening to the music thinking you´re a part of a giant migration across the African plains. The music shifts from electronic doodlings to grand almost pompous symphonic pieces, that feed off each other and makes for a wonderful listening experience.

Take a dash of Tangerine Dream, "Force Majeur - Through Metamorphic Rocks" to be exact, and a dash of Chris Squire on bas - topped of with some intricate drumming and you´re halfway there... This is by no means a "band" boiling soup on the leftovers of old prog artist. They have their own sound much credited to the talents of Steve Moore who plays everything here except for the drums.

Some might think that the overall picture fades due to the repetitive nature of the music, and if you´re a big fan of music that shifts and turns on a dime, you might be in for a nasty surprise. This is probably the closest I have ever come to the exact opposite music of Gentle Giant...

The first song is my favourite and the elephant migration feel is all over this one. -Think Disney´s "The Junglebook" on acid... "Spirit Warrior" lives up to its name, and you are instantly guided in between two horny elephants fighting furiously for some sweet sweet lovin. Watch out for number three as he lights up the sky in a giant forest fire, that evokes the deepest fears and frights. A mayhem of wildlife running in all directions... "Cosmic Powers" introduces the small but invigorating tea-time break for all hippo´s, snakes, lizards and bewildered giraffes, that might include some yoga for the youngsters. Final track takes you to the dense rainforest. Thick layers of sound that repeats in eternity and finally forms an enormous carpet of sound, that ever so slightly shifts form and makes your mind wander to the treetops overhead.

Music for daydreamers and folks who watch too much Animal Planet.

Guldbamsen | 4/5 |


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