Eclectic Vibes

by Andrew Frey

Reviews From: Psychedelic
Lotus - Hammerstrike

Lotus - Hammerstrike

Lotus
Hammerstrike
Label: SCI Records

Offering fresh, funky, technodellic indie jams that have to date been almost totally non vocal. This time there are several tracks with vocal flaunts to broaden their horizons and stellar trajectories. Upward and onward.

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Uriah Heep - Wake The Sleeper

Uriah Heep - Wake The Sleeper

Uriah Heep
Wake The Sleeper
Label: Sanctuary Records

Updating but not abandoning their classic 80s synth rock approach, this release shows the band as strong and musically alluring as ever.

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Tribe After Tribe - M.O.A.B. - Stories from Deuteronomy

Tribe After Tribe - M.O.A.B. - Stories from Deuteronomy

Tribe After Tribe
M.O.A.B. - Stories from Deuteronomy
Label: Rodeostar Records

Intense psychedelic guitars propelled with tribal pulsations are polarized on other tracks by mystical Peter Gabriel-esque ethereal ethno rhythms. Using Biblical alliteration and references they seek to ignite introspection and further research into the dangers, hypocrisies and absurdities of the world’s current belief systems.


New Monarchs - Blueprints

New Monarchs - Blueprints

New Monarchs
Blueprints
Label: Soup Bowl Records

This Minneapolis duo generally generates dreamy electronic drone-scapes with nice genre flairs blistering into eruptions of trance, industrial, ambient and dance. Perfect for late night drives to nowhere.

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Various Artists - Made In Iceland

Various Artists - Made In Iceland

Various Artists
Made In Iceland
Label: Iceland Music Exporrt

Perhaps the chill weather of January makes you think of Iceland. If so, this compilation showcases 15 rising Icelandic stars. Quirky indie overtones pervade, but a nice overview of offerings for sure.

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Ozric Tentacles - Yum Yum Tree

Ozric Tentacles - Yum Yum Tree

Ozric Tentacles
Yum Yum Tree
Label: Snapper Music

Certain aspects and members of this band may have changed over the 25+ years of its existence, but their music and trademark sound has never gotten any less psychedelic or enthralling. Founding and final original member Ed Wynne has recently move to the US with his wife and son (who are part of the live lineup) so we will be seeing much more from them!

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Rhythm Devils - The Concert Experience DVD

Rhythm Devils - The Concert Experience DVD

Rhythm Devils
The Concert Experience DVD
Label: RED Distribution

The ultimate percussion focused jam band experience in a 2 DVD set! This super group founded and led by Grateful Dead drummers Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart also features Mike Gordon, Steve Kimock, Jen Durkin, and Sikiru Adepojun. Obligatory psychedelic imagery is woven throughout the entrancing multi instrumental multi sensory experience.

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EOTO - Fire The Lazers!

EOTO - Fire The Lazers!

EOTO
Fire The Lazers!
Label: Sci Fidelity Recordings

Immediately engulfing the listener in a womb of intensely perplexing otherworldly sounds “Fire The Lazers!” drinks from a dazzling selection of galaxy shaking electronic riffs and drum kit dips. The robust bass spectrum sounds rub and tickle your ears and body with a special nonchalant fervor. Michael Travis and Jason Hann (both String Cheese Incident alumnist’s) have birthed another quirky recorded masterpiece while maintaining their improvisational live performances.

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Mr. Gnome - Heave Yer Skeleton

Mr. Gnome - Heave Yer Skeleton

Mr. Gnome
Heave Yer Skeleton
Label:

Distant atmospheres billow, blast and flutter with fuzzy post punk rhythms and floaty female vocals. This lush psychedelic duo produces soliloquies that travel through near pop realms while maintaining an intimate dose of fantasy and artistic creativity. Mr. Gnome will be appearing 4/30 at The Frequency in Madison.

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Radio Free Clear Light - Isula

Radio Free Clear Light - Isula

Radio Free Clear Light
Isula
Label: Black Note Music

A weekly San Francisco electronic experiment in progress. These improvisational numbers captured here show a poetic flow of dubtronic notions brimming with interest and flair while allowing the tools at hand to flower into many vibrational shapes and colors.

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Uriah Heep - Celebration

Uriah Heep - Celebration

Uriah Heep
Celebration
Label: 101 DISTRIBUTION

Wow! A 70s band re-juicing some old classics while working in a few new compositions. Although good for touring, perspective and their 40 year retrospect, nothing is of pearly significance here other than perhaps a few of the original gems sparkling with today’s production values and the DVD for live performance value.

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Kazyak - A Beautiful Brontosaurus

Kazyak - A Beautiful Brontosaurus

Kazyak
A Beautiful Brontosaurus
Label: Ground Up Productions

Bebobble-deeing between countrified jams and upstart funky rock may show off a classic jam rock band influence, but this friendly and flowing vision utilizes an ambitious combination of elements to create a memorable recording filled with harmony vocals, salient solos and delectable rhythms that are especially admirable for a trio to produce.

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