Ozric Tentacles: Spirals in hyperspace
(Magna Carta- 2004)
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There are thousands and thousands of bands out there, but
very few of them have something instantly recognisable. I
like to use the image of a desert of countless dull looking
rocks, with every now and then some sort of precious crystal.
To me, one of them is Ozric Tentacles. Multi-faceted and complex
and glowing in many different colours this particular crystal
has the ability to draw your gaze ever closer until eventually
you lose yourself in it.
The music of Ozric Tentacles is also
contradictory by nature in the sense that it can be very complex
but at the same it comes across as being completely natural
and organic. It's relaxing as well as energizing. Retro as well
With its influences ranging from seventies
psychedelic Rock, Progressive Rock, Eastern music and some
forms of Ambient dance music, they sometimes sound like an
update of seventies Space Rock bands such as Hawkwind (without vocals and with more trance (and dance) inducing
drum rhythms) and especially of Steve Hillage. Hillage
even appears as one of the guest musicians on this CD.
This does not mean that Ozric Tentacles simply took the music
of pioneers who preceded them and gave it a new gloss. The music
of Ozric Tentacles has enough individuality and originality
to mark them as pioneers in their own right. This is something
which you have to keep in mind, even when I tell you that
'Spirals in Hyperspace' just brings more of the same.
That sounds way more negative than it actually is. What I mean
to say is that the CD is as good as most of their preceding
releases, but that it offers nothing really new when compared
to their previous output. The music flows as it always has,
in that typical Ozric fashion, and it is as enjoyable as ever.
It's therefore not a disappointing addition to their already
quite impressive discography, and as good a place as any to start discovering their music.