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Cranium Pie


Psychedelic/Space Rock

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4 stars Now here we have the first full album offered by this promising UK psych prog band CRANIUM PIE - under way since 2006 and therefore a relatively new crew on the scene by all means. 'Mechanisms Pt. 1' is announced as a concept album, however the real truth, the deeper sense behind this seems to be self-contained, remains mysterious. And while they promise to continue on these paths, part 2 will hopefully appear next year, at which point all will become clear ... probably.

This Was Now, The Awakening of the Birds opens the album, during five minutes they are spreading a wonderful ethereal flair coupled with krautrock leanings. Rememberrr then distinctly refers to the early Pink Floyd movement, musically shines especially due to Rob Appleton's fine organ decoration. With Zones, Mothership they first remind me of the jamming Cary Grace band, wow, what an expressive soaring guitar! Something dramatic somehow, decorated with different sampled voices. As for the final minutes they sink into a strong Pink Floyd sentiment again initiated by swirling synths.

The irresistible album title song represents some hypnotic mechanical behaviour indeed, mainly caused by a simple corresponding bass line and organ riff, speaking of the fundament. As for that the title suits fine ... on the other hand the composition is certainly entertaining too due to some twists and turns.

This album will be assigned to my best-of list for 2011, definitely ... a fantastic atmosphere CRANIUM PIE deliver with this six songs. I would call up the great organ/synth input by mastermind Rob Appleton first and foremost. And Julian Smith's cool and relaxed drumming also counts, as well as the impressive fuzzy electric as well as folksy acoustic guitars provided by Dan Herra. All together they successfully pick up the early Pink Floyd/Syd Barrett spirit I would say, and create something contemporarily new on top of it. Highly recommended!

Rivertree | 4/5 |


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