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3.49 | 111 ratings

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3 stars Pulsar - Pollen (1975)

This is the debut of French symphonic/space rock act Pulsar. The music of Pollen on the debut has many long symphonic baths, slow paced compositions and an atmospheric approach. The emotions projected are often that of melancholy and sadness. The band seems to be inspired by the symphonic space rock of Pink Floyd.

The guitars sound a bit like a slightly distorted moog, the vocals are very dreamy, the rhythms section a bit vague (due to indirect recording sound) and the synths are relatively warm and ever-present. The flutes here an there are a nice distraction from the otherwise too electronic sound of the band. The French vocals, with their long howls, suit the music and give it an artistic sound. Perhaps a bit like some of the post-rock of the 21th century.

The record is recorded in a 'low volume'-way, you can put your stereo as loud as possible; but the music still sounds quiet and easy-going. A bit strange perhaps, but it's the effect of the very dreamy production. A good record for a Sunday morning.

Conclusion. An mediocre symphonic/space rock record that has as main attraction it's slow, atmospheric space passages with dreamy French vocals. The compositions is adequate, but never ground-braking. Three stars. I'm interested in the two higher rated follow-up albums.

friso | 3/5 |


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