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AURORA

Litmus

Psychedelic/Space Rock


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4 stars Firmly in the HAWKWIND school of Space Rock and utilising a mellotron to get that retro sound. They've also got a certain crudeness and Punk ethos that put them in the modern Post-Grunge age of today. Even if they got their own sound it's only a variation of said Space Rock genre and that maybe doesn't qualify for a Prog classification. Maybe they're more Retro.

A strong enough album to earn three stars anyway. It has somehow managed to be a favourite of mine when driving my car through the evening or night so I reward it even four stars. It also sports a nice sleeve cover.

Best tracks would be "Kings Of Infinte Space" and "Red Skies".

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Posted Sunday, September 2, 2012 | Review Permalink
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3 stars This album "Aurora" was released in 2009 as the third album of another Space Rock legend LITMUS. In this stuff they create meteor stream spacey soundscape obviously leaning upon the Space Rock vanguard HAWKWIND but claiming more intimacy or catchiness on the other hand. Their musical transmission strategy can be thought as to produce heavy and tight rhythm junction along pop melody lines sprucely seasoned with synthesizer space pepper powder.

They lay brilliant extremity as above upon the audience via the first track "Beyond The Sun" with their intelligible explanation for space rock. Suppose they may have a strong intention to make us (both of the band and the audience) enjoy sincerely, not to throw us into addiction. Even some rhythmic irregularities glimpsed in the following one "In The Burning Light" sound not like they show progression of space rock but simply like they like to grab the audience's heart out. No difficulty around their rock music needed.

Anyway, there is such a relaxation of moonshine like "Eos", with slow attacks of para-melodic sound conjugations. Martin's heavy bass traction is awesome indeed. Oli's keyboard (or mellotron?) does excellently lyrical works in "Stars" ... featuring mysterious multi- dimensional sound chasers (and we cannot feel irritated over these unreal phrases). Their rigid sound attitude and assertion for notifying us of their melodious rock ritual cannot be altered even in the most theatrical creation "Ma:55oN", delightful rhythm convolution constructed with simple heavy beat avalanche.

Can mention they play not originality or innovation but contemporary space rock inspired by HAWKWIND with their interpretation for intimate rock music. Easy to listen, it's not bad actually.

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