English combo Teeth of the Sea turned
Orphaned By The Ocean (Rocket, 2009) into a tour de force of
instrumental space-rock mixed with influences from
desert-rock and cheesy electronica of the 1970s.
Only Fools On Horse, is a duet between a Mexican trumpet and
electronic drones. The eight-minute Latin Inches is a more conventional,
atmospheric space-guitar jam with the usual crescendo at the end.
Too many pieces suffer from an
identity crisis. For example, Swear Blind The Alsation's Melting
swings wildly from a trumpet lament to a loud distorted guitar freak-out.
The soothing ambient soundscape of Dreadnought suddenly erupts in
a sort of gypsy dance.
The difference is obvious when compared with the one
piece that is coherent and unitary:
Sentimental Journey, a simple linear
progression from a pool of disjointed dissonant sounds to a loud pounding
dance-trance that packs a lot more emotional firepower than all the others
Your Mercury (Rocket, 2010) greatly enhanced (or diluted, depending on
viewpoints) their space-rock jams with both futuristic and gothic tones.
The chaotic jam The Ambassador feels like the outcome of an
alcohol-drenched pow-wow, with solemn drumming mixed with demented vocals and
all kinds of dissonance.
The eight-minute You're Mercury stages their most spectacular
progression yet, morphing a trumpet-led noir jazz atmopshere into an epic
cosmic guitar-led cavalcade.
The rest is much more varied and eclectic, if not always original and
The electronic vignette Cemetery Magus offers an odd combination of
techno music and voodoobilly.
The influence of the synth-revivalists
(Oneohtrix Point Never and the likes) is
visible in the fibrillating electronic fantasia A.C.R.O.N.Y.M. before
the guitar pours in some healthy doses of acid-rock distortion.
In the mournful closer Hovis Coil the trumpet's serene phrases and the
guitar 's minimalist repetition get entangled in a metaphysical psychedelic raga.
Ironically (or intentionally) the most melodic piece is
Mothlike for random crowd voices and vibrato guitar effect.
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