Q - 3/00, p.1063 stars out of 5
- "...a swirling, spiraling window on the world of these long-term festival favorites....mixing dub, Indian influences, ambient techno and all-around synth weirdness in equal measures and to great effect..."
Ozric Tentacles: Ed Wynne (guitar, synthesizer); John (flute); Seaweed (keyboards, synthesizer); Zia (bass); Rad (drums).
Ozric Tentacles: Ed Wynne (guitars, synthesizer); John (flute); Seaweed (synthesizer); Zia (bass instrument); Rad (drums).
The Ozrics' latest brokerage from beyond is another sizzling trip through time and space. The production is worth the price of admission alone. The band sounds extraordinarily sharp. Guitars are as clear as the finest crystal, synthesizers and other electronic gimcrackery eat up the spaces between both your ears and your speakers, and the drumbeats resound like thunderclaps.
The excursion begins with "Coily," a neat summation of every Tentacular move made over the course of nearly a dozen albums. Drummer Rad works up a propulsive groove that artfully morphs from jazzy fusion to searing rock to techno-funk. Ed Wynne's guitars scorch the landscape like acid rain. And, through it all, synths wheeze, whizz, and whirl, while Zia's granite-dense bass provides something of an earthly anchor. "Xingu" rattles and rolls with a decadent phraseology of rippling keyboard frills and gurgling bass, Ed's guitars rising to the top of the swaggering rhythms like molten lava. But the highlight has to be "Spiralmind," 11-plus minutes of interstellar bliss, as percussion fillips sparkle like chromium nebula, gaseous synths escape into the sanctity of star clusters, and Zia's bass sets the controls for the heart of the sun. Heaven awaits.