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Hidria Spacefolk


Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.67 | 33 ratings

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4 stars 3.5 stars really, but I rounded it up because this enjoyable e.p. is available as a free download from the band's excellent website.

As the band bio mentions, there is an obvious similarity to Ozric tentacles here - take the blueprint for Gong's Master Builder, add in some reggae bass lines and world music influences et voila! Another CD for stoners to groove to. What makes this particular bunch worthy of attention is that they add their own unique charm to the formula. Acoustic instruments are far more prominent than in Ozric's work, including some rather tasteful acoustic guitar. Hidria Spacefolk are also more likely to take unexpected twists and turns than Ozric Tentacles, who generally stick with a particular groove for the duration of a piece - a space rock jam will suddenly morph into dub reggae, with suitably squelchy analog synth sounds.

Subsequent releases have seen them develop an identity of their own. Hidria Spacefolk are well worth checking out, and downloading this ep is the perfect way to begin.

Syzygy | 4/5 |


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