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ARBORESCENCE

Ozric Tentacles

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.90 | 202 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars I know a lot of people feel if you have one good OZRICS album then that's all you need. Well for me it's six OZRIC records. And yes this is one of them. What a streak of album they put together though from "Erpland" to "Curious Corn", my favourite period from the band. This album "Arborescence" came out after their very successful "Jurrasic Shift". It's almost like they took a step back here, but what I love about it is the guitar along with the drums and bass.

"Astro Cortex" opens with drums and bass followed by guitar and synths. This is an uptempo tune that gets pretty intense 3 minutes in before settling back. "Yog-Bar-Og" is led by pulsating synths, bass and drums. Voices 3 minutes in. Lots of moog-like sounds after 4 minutes. The guitar is ripping it up after 7 1/2 minutes. This is great ! "Arborescence" opens with flute, atmosphere and crickets. Actually it sounds like the album cover looks. Very cool. The guitar after 3 1/2 minutes makes some noise.

"Al-Salooq" has a Middle-Eastern vibe at times. Bass, drums and synths early. It gets intense 2 1/2 minutes in. Nice bass after 4 minutes. "Dance Of The Loomi" has a good beat with lots of synths. "Myriapod" opens with guitar as drums and a full sound follow. The guitar is lighting it up after 3 1/2 minutes. "There's A Planet Here" opens with nature sounds before drums and a reggae rhythm take over. "Shima Koto" might be my favourite. A good uptempo beat to this one. The guitar is on fire 3 1/2 minutes in. Some crazy synths follow and chunky bass.

As usual with an OZRICS album, turn it up loud when you listen. A solid 4 stars.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |

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