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An u-turn done with a pair of compasses - 93%

DavidLago, March 20th, 2017
Written based on this version: 2016, CD, Bilocation Records

Well, that was unexpected. The ones who listened to their last album will certainly be surprised by the path that the band chose for this one. The first song is a funky groove with a high-pitched 70’s voice screaming all the way to the crying wahs on a concrete reggae foundation. The album ranges from funky beats to progressive cuts with the recording ambience and mastering that virtually took place in the 70’s.

The open-minded fuzzer that enjoys the 70’s and the funk mood will certainly fall in love with this album. A highlight of this first half of the album is ending solo of the song ‘The Muse and the Mule’. It seems like David Gilmour and Isiah Mitchell met and brewed those notes in a warm bag, seasoning it with their own blood. This is certainly the best part of the album.

Some folky tunes, afro beats and chants endowed with crazy bass lines and guitar chords start to take control of the album after ‘Kelele’, shifting its shape to an even more distinct one from the previous works. The second part of this album showcases some of the best vocal lines, and the most spacial and experimental sides, already known from their previous releases. These guys gracefully start to show their touch for psychedelia with ‘I Wanna Know What You Feel’ and ‘Biophilia Intermezzo’.

The last song is notably influenced by all the members of Led Zeppelin on their respective roles in their bands. Even the vocal lines are somewhat fit to Plants voice, so suitable that you could hear him singing within your mind.

This band has stepped up on all their releases gradually, being completely unpredictable and sounding even better each time. I wonder what they are going to release next, because I certainly want more of that right where it is coming from!

- David Lago
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