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Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.96 | 55 ratings

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3 stars Moonwagon's 'Foyers of the Future' is an instrumental space prog album with some blazing guitars and soaring synths over very rhythmic bass and drums, along with Hawkwind space effects and atmospherics.

Spacey ambient textures on 'Elsewhere' are followed by the rhythmic heavy fuzz guitar rock on 'New World Warrior'. The icy space winds howl and then the warm synths of 'Dawnwind' emanate. The Hawkwind like rhythms are terrific and break out into some off beat passages. Overall this is a melodic slice of psych prog with grandiose keyboards and scorching guitars. The track locks into a strong figure and has hypnotic sounds that crank along and draw in the listener, and of course ther is a ton of spacey guitar breaks and swirling synths; a real masterclass instrumental highlighting the album clocking 6:43.

Next up is 'Endless Collision' driven by twin acoustic guitar vibrations, in short graceful weeps and some inspired finger picking prowess. 'Through the Veil of Rain' is more acoustic but a strong drum tempo, though has a crossover sound, not that much different than Tommy Emmanuel's style. It is very long at over 11 minutes, but builds over the main melody in an extended synth solo that goes on for an eternity. It is very psychedelic and locks into a rollicking heavy guitar groove.

'Shadows Whisper Fire' moves along on a simple spaced out rock riff but has a tremendous bass solo buried within. It does have some cosmic synth sounds to indulge in towards the end. 'Saturn Summer' is another heavy track with a great bassline, and swathes of synths over a driving clanging guitar chord progression. 'Past Moves' is more steady tempo beats and overdoses on guitar and synths. 'Tranceport' is a dramatic change with a very strong rhythm and bass to die for. The synths sparkle and shine over a building string synth motif. The guitars are heavier and distorted with some wah wah effects and delay thrown in. I really like this track as it kicks along like a race car hurtling down a track.

Overall this is atmospheric music you can throw on when studying, kicking back after a long day or reading a novel; it is intense enough and spacey to hold its own but I rate it as highly spaced up background music to revel in.

AtomicCrimsonRush | 3/5 |


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