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Bland Bladen


Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.83 | 23 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars Excellent Space Rock from 2003 by these Swedes. They would join forces with MANTRIC MUSE and American Dr. Space to form ORESUND SPACE COLLECTIVE a few years after this. I really enjoyed this 45 minute album feeling that really the only song that didn't do it for me was the shortest one "Pe Gron Kvist" which almost feels like a tip of the hat to OZRIC TENTACLES with that Reggae vibe. Only 6 minutes long and I like the way it starts with the guitar that echoes as synths, drums and bass all impress. The other three tracks range from 12 to 14 minutes and there's so much to enjoy with these. The keyboardist here by the way will go on to play in HOOFFOOT.

The opener and title track is all Space Rock until a calm arrives at 1 1/2 minutes with electric piano and upfront bass. My kind of music. I'm just so surprised to hear Electric piano. It trips along as the guitar returns a couple of minutes later. Bass is crunching it then another calm with relaxed guitar and bubbling synths with slow beats. Quite relaxing to the end. "I Afton Trans" is my favourite. It kicks in around a minute as drums, bass and guitar rise up and kick into a groove before 2 minutes. Keyboards and guitar solo over top. It's more intense and exotic after 4 minutes. A calm then it builds as we get some electric piano(yay). So good.

"Dimland" has some Reggae in it but not like that second track. Still it's my least favourite of the three long ones. The first 5 minutes or so is pretty cool then it turns catchy with a Reggae vibe. Kicking butt at 11 minutes as the tempo picks up. Sounds like clavinet after 12 minutes. Good song regardless and for me a low 4 star album but worth that rating.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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