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Studio Album, released in 2019

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Live Life Love (9:24)
2. Free Festival (5:20)
3. Kraanisch (8:27)
4. Sometimes (6:35)
5. Mind Over Matter (6:25)
6. Nomadik Trybes (11:07)
7. Time Machine (6:41)
8. Spiral Dance (7:18)
9. Fridge D'Or (4:34)
10. Rollin 'n Stabbin' (5:53)
11. There Is Another Way (7:47)

Total Time 79:31

Line-up / Musicians

- Kevin Hegan / guitars, keyboards, vocals
- Mark Huxley / bass
- Peter Out / drums, percussion, production & mixing

Releases information

Recorded in 2012

Artwork: Mark Huxley

CD self-released (2019, UK)

Digital album

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Review by TCat
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4 stars It's been 22 years since Nukli released their previous album 'The Time Factory', and during that time, this Psychedelic/Space Rock band has been trying to perfect another album. But, the songs were plagued by problems and things were not turning out satisfactorily, so the band kept releasing live albums. In 2012, backing tracks were added to the new material, but final production never took place and the project was pushed aside. Finally, in 2018, Peter Out, the drummer for the band, pushed the project forward, and now the band has released a new album containing music that has been 22 years in the making.

Nukli has been around since the early 80's and has released 8 albums to date. In May of 2019, 'There is Another Way' was released and it is the album I have been talking about that has taken so long to finish. Where most of their previous albums contained a lot of live material, since the banning of free festivals by the English Criminal Justice Bill, the band had lost their main avenue of rehearsng and recording, which is one reason why this new album had been pushed aside so many times. 'There Is Another Way' consists of 11 tracks and almost 80 minutes of music. The tracks range from around 4 minutes to 11 minutes long. The line up consists of Kevin Hegan on guitars, keyboards and vocals; Mark Huxley on bass (who also did the cover art); and Peter Out on drums, percussion, production and mixing. So, is the album worth the wait?

For lovers of psychedelic/space rock, this is a sublime album with some nice laid back jams and also heavy blasts of improvised guitar against a back drop of spacey effects and trance inducing rhythm sections. There is also a basic structure to the songs, usually incorporating short and simple lyrics and guitar riffs. This pretty much describes the first track 'Live Life Love' which nears the 10 minute mark. The music pretty much has that hazy sound that evokes the sound of bands from the psychedelic movement of the 70s, the music and recordings even sounding like they came from that era. There is a similarity to the 'Hawkwind' sound, for sure, as is the case with the track 'Free Festival', but it also has a more focused guitar improvisation that really generates a rocking feel that keeps things from meandering around aimlessly.

Many of the tracks start with field recordings and various radio-style noises. This is the thing that ties the album all together. But the songs themselves do tend to be a little more inconsistent. Where you had a more focused sound in 'Free Festival', the album follows this with a much looser and free flowing track called 'Kraanisch'. This track feels like it could just fall apart at any time. The softer sound lends itself to a nice variety in the sound, but the foundation of this track is a bit weak and doesn't match the improvisational sections very well. 'Sometimes' on the other hand, does have a more solid feel to the base line, and even though the vocals are not really great, the instrumental sections are better and it all makes for a nice groove. The band isn't afraid to go for a more structured sound as they do with the track 'Mind Over Matter' and yet still keep things within the general feel of the genre by taking time to have a rousing guitar solo in the latter half of the track.

The longest track on the album 'Nomadik Trybes' shifts to the mid-Eastern feel that is common to the genre, beginning with field recordings of chanting amidst crowd noises before the foundation starts and the main vocalists takes up the chanting/singing Arabic style. The improvised guitar even takes on the sitar sound and makes for some great variance on the sound of the album. The sound is very realistic, as if the musicians were knowledgeable about what they were doing and not just emulating the sound. The subdued percussion also gives the track a trance-like feel.

There is definitely something to be said about the way the overall sound of the album emulates the recorded sound of space rock as it was recorded in the 70s, that imperfect and somewhat fuzzy aspect that the best space rock of that decade had. It works for the most part here, and as I said before, it sometimes sounds very much like a Hawkwind album from that time period. But I find that there are sections that are more focused. There are also times when it works in the opposite manner, but this only happens a few times. The track 'Time Machine' goes for a jazzy vibe, complete with a flute, but this process doesn't work as well for this track, and it feels as if the track gathers steam and then almost falls to pieces. I think these tracks probably didn't get as much attention as most of the others, and it shows even more in their looser styles. 'Spiral Dance' is simply a guitar jam against a fast moving background, the perfect space rock vibe that even slows down in spots to evoke a more psychedelic and progressive feeling.

So, it's a good album, or at least collection of tracks that have been collected during their long break culled from live shows (as most of their music is) and then finally finished in the studio. Most of the tracks are great psychedelic and space rock gems done quite well, but there are a few weak tracks that take the overall album down a notch. Those that love space rock will love this album I believe and will love the retro sound of it. Others not familiar with the genre might have a harder time with it, but I find it enjoyable for the most part.

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