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Psychedelic/Space Rock

4.03 | 7 ratings

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4 stars Here we have an eclectic entity from Spain that is showcasing a formidable appeal. Rather unique, that's for sure. Yeah, true, still possible! The band's core is comprised of six musicians. They are from A Coruña, constituted around lead singer and main guitarist Diego Veiga. The goal is to blend ancient roots and a modern twist, hereby always looking for some proper support. Especially concerning their preference on the Galician mythology, the rituals and associated specific instruments. The album cover illustration says it all. While starting with the debut effort in 2020 this comes as their sophomore album, thematically divided in two partitions entitled 'Axexan' and 'Espreitan'. Eight tracks are offered, it takes time, the great spirit reveals with every further listening session.

Modern synth drones are ready to start the magical mystery tour on Alborada Do Alén, though vocals come in soon, just as the vintage counterpart, then leading into a folk tinged psychedelic drift, let's say akin to Crippled Black Phoenix. Actually it's not easy to keep track, to find the right words for a proper reasonable description. Volatile, the sheer diversity makes it difficult. Native instruments are used everywhere around, similar to the band Ilienses hailing from Sardinia. Anyway, things are merged together to a well thought out cocktail. They are jumping from southern rock to folk rituals and heavy treats with ease. Baile Do Dentón for example is hypnotically driving in the vein of the early Krautrock school featuring references to Can, Neu!. The doomy Alalá Do Abellón then comes close to an approach also known from bands like Heilung or Master Musicians Of Bukkake. You implicitly have to listen to this production in one go. And take care of the compelling cross-fades regarding the particular tracks.

Rivertree | 4/5 |


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