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Karuna Khyal


Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.99 | 25 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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3 stars 3.5 stars. Legend has it that this is the same group of musicians who went under the name BRAST BURN. They were on the same label and this was released a year after the BRAST BURN album. Very little information is known about either band hence the speculation. While both play Psychedelic music the music on these two records are very different from one another. BRAST BURN I would describe as Folk / Psyche while this has nothing to do with Folk but is more aggressive and repetitive. I certainly like this album a lot more. I've noticed many people compare both bands to FAUST which might explain my lack of enthusiasm about both albums.

We get two side long tracks.The first one has a slow rhythm as vocals join in. Mouth-organ comes in 2 1/2 minutes in. A change a minute later as we get processed vocals and a beat. A strange out of tune sound comes in at 6 1/2 minutes. Processed vocals are back as contrasts continue. A calm before 10 1/2 minutes as it turns dark. This is my favourite section by far as these spacey sounds come and go. It changes again then spoken vocals arrive after 16 minutes and this goes on (not a fan of this) almost to the end when mouth-organ returns to end it.

The second track opens with strange sounds then a beat and voices. The tempo picks up after 2 minutes. Vocals before 8 minutes are spoken still but growly. Weird. A change before 11 1/2 minutes thankfully. A beat with vocals and strangeness follows. Mouth-organ join in.

I wish I liked this more but i'll stick with FAR OUT and FAR EAST FAMILY BAND when it comes to Japanese Psyche.

Mellotron Storm | 3/5 |


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