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My Brother The Wind


Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.75 | 74 ratings

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4 stars Swedish band MY BROTHER THE WIND came together for the first time in 2009, and in the span of just a few hours crafted what was to become their debut effort "Twilight in the Crystal Cabinet". Swedish label Transubstans Records picked up this project and issued it the following year, and many fans of psychedelic space rock will be eternally grateful for just that.

In an era where it's relatively easy to add effects and rich arrangements to songs, the sheer simplicity of this album stands out, in a good way. The musicianship is anything but simple however, the instrumentalists are skilful and manage to convey their talents in a most excellent manner. But it's the concept of instant improvisation, utilizing pure musicianship and capturing an unrehearsed performance "as is" which represents the simplicity for this endeavour.

The basic premise for these efforts are set up by drums and bass, the former maintaining momentum and setting pace and the latter adding basic motifs for the guitars to improvise upon in addition to underscoring the sticks as well as adding a few wandering excursions on occasion. The guitars are the starts of the show though, in a tightly interwoven performance stunningly beautiful landscapes are crafted and mixed nicely into a universe with room for harder hitting energetic passages as well as laidback, mournful explorations.

Barker and Danielsson takes turns in supplying the dominant textures, and similar to bands like Oresund Space Collective slowly evolving textures is the name of the game. Most stunningly beautiful in the mournful and laidback universe explored in the brief title track, most eloquently and with broadest range and diversity on final track Death and Beyond.

In sum this results in a high quality creation that should please fans of guitar driven, improvised psychedelic space rock, containing many moments of sheer brilliance and beauty. A highly recommended effort, and one pretty close to perfection as far as this reviewer is concerned.

But a side note is in order: For record labels utilizing digital distribution as means of promotion, is it too much to ask to get digital files of decent quality? The digital skips and jumps on the promotional files for this item made it a taxing and headache-inducing experience going through this production. Which frankly made me postpone taking on this effort quite a bit.

Windhawk | 4/5 |


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