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THE HIDDEN STEP

Ozric Tentacles

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.92 | 148 ratings

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frodok
5 stars This is a step further in the direction marked by "Become the Other" album, a true experiment blending dub and organic techno sounds with a rock group and ethnic instruments. This is pure sonic psychedelia. Obviously, this album shows more sophisticated lines than the previous line-up, for example, in Arborescence. Perhaps the acquisition of new strange electronic machines, (as the monstruous Waldorf Wave, by Ed Wynne) bring new ebb and flow to the band. Hear the progression of the first track, "Holohedron", beginning with a floating sequence that becomes a fiery ending with eastern flavour, as many other pieces from the band. "Pixel Dream" has a catchy syncopathic rhythm, and "Tight Spin", the best cut for me, is a long experiment on blending techno dub with cosmic krautrock. Also the title track shows a carefully traced work of art. Most of Ozric fans tend to say that this album is a step on techno direction, but what I feel is a risky musical voyage with even more subtleties than Curious Corn and Waterfall Cities. Also here we have the last appearance of Rad (Conrad Prince), one of the best drummers Ive ever heard, who unfortunately left the band after this recording.
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