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Atomic Simao


Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.86 | 9 ratings

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4 stars Initially I thought that Atomic Simao were from Brasil, because of the band name and the cover sleeve. Well, they are from KIEV.

I have enjoied this album for many weeks when it was released, and I was sure to have already reviewed it. But I didn't. On February 18th 2013, a progarchives member posted in the forum the bandcamp link to the album that was actually a free download. I followed the link and the day after it was on my mobile phone where it remained for many weeks.

"Voodoo Chillum" opens this psychedelic album with a long jam with some reminds to Hendrix's Voodoo Chile whose famous riff is played in background by an acoustic guitar. The rest is pure psychedelia which sounds like the early Floyd of Interstellar Overdrive. One of the reasons why I have listened to this album almost every day for a while. Unfortunately the production has some flaws: I don't think that the bass is distorted volunteerly. It seems to be cause by a wrong recording volume, but it doesn't disturb too much inside this track.

The bass volume is better set on the second track: "Beauty Does Not Belong To Anything". A simple two-chords progression useful for jamming. A very trippy track, a sort of ARZACHEL with the intensity of "Tsunami", a track of the Dutch psych band 35007.

"Asteroid Masterpeace" continues in this vein, but this time the trait-d'union is the bass, which initially performs a basic two-chords progression, then leads the track for its whole duration of more than 17 minutes. "Psychedelic epic".

"Do What You Do" is a very trippy jam. Probably this is also the meaning of the title. The wah-wah permeates all the album, but in this track the guitar really sounds like is played by a resurrected Jimi Hendrix. I mean that if I close my eyes I can imagine Jimi on the stage.

"Stoned And Spontanius" starts on the same wavelength, a bit closer to Syd Barret, maybe, due to the bluesy base. Then it has a crescendo lead by bass and drums. It makes me think to guys in acid shaking their heads in a London's club in the 60s. Let's say that when music is able to raise mental images it does the right job, regardless the image itself.

The last track is another trip, but the guy having more fun here, is the drummer. As for many Ukrainian artists, I wonder what they are doing on those days and I hope they are at least safe.

Some bloody chairmen should take joints instead of Viagra and anabolics.

octopus-4 | 4/5 |


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