There's Paul and Saskia besides the core so there's that. Ed did a track with the same title as the album a few years back, a little after The Cozmic Key if memory serves me right. It was presented as a NI track so no band in the writing process. I reckon there won't be much band involvement on most tracks. I'm hoping for something I can connect to more than the last one. I really like the cover though.
Also I'm praying for a gig here, they've only done festivals outside the UK. Haven't seen them since 2016.
Post by twirlyburd on Aug 25, 2023 10:56:15 GMT -8
The track "Lotus Unfolding" was performed by the band on the last tour (with Gong). It was played around the middle of the set and featured Saskia heavily. Kinda slow and mellow, and kinda almost ended a couple of times before picking back up again each time. My guess is this album will be more of a group effort if the title track is anything to go by. Would love to hear a bit more Silas on guitar! (like he did on saz on opening to Epiphlioy)
I have my ticket for the next Manchester gig but I can't afford to travel now (cost of living is ridiculous here in Ireland right now). So this album will be the high point for me! :-D
Will this be on iTunes in the U.S.? As of this writing, searching for it yields:
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I would pre-order it if I could....
Yeah, it's weird because it looks like it will be available on Amazon and Bandcamp. Maybe Itunes will have it once the release date hits, but I'd rather get it from bandcamp anyway since more of the $$ will go to the band.
Can't say I love this one, but maybe it will grow on me after repeated listens. TBH, it feels like a filler track. Still looking forward to the album on Friday though!
I agree, it sounds a little shallow to my ears. It would have benefitted from an extra section at the end, as radically different from the first one as possible imo. The title track sounds a little better with each listen.
A couple of listens later, I like this more than SFTE, easily. I was a bit underwhelmed with the latter, so I came in with low expectations, but have thankfully been proven wrong. It feels proggier in the traditional sense - as in technical - than, maybe ever, and is quite a lot more psychedelic than SFTE. Not much in the way of explosive solos but the shifts from one mood to the next are brilliant and quite unexpected. Needless to say, it gets better with each listen. Quite happy at the moment, but will have to wait a while for the THC approach.
Only one listen so far, and not what i would call a "proper" listen (as in, giving it my full attention with no distractions), but I'm really digging it. Some nice uptempo bits throughout, I like that the album opens with a "bang" in Storm In A Teacup. Deep Blue Shade is more enjoyable in the context of the full album, and Burundi Spaceport is unique way to end the album. The rest of the tracks are nice as well, but will require deeper listening before i comment. I do think it sounds like more of collaborative effort, there are a few sections that remind me of Silas' solo album, and the flutes are a welcome addition. Hopefully they will play at least 2 or 3 tracks from this in upcoming live gigs!
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I really hope there's a European tour coming my way. I really want to see them again. Sliding + Gliding plus whatever they play from LU are most welcome. I feel as if it was the late 90s all over again for some reason...
I haven't really gelled with any of the releases since The Yumyum Tree, but I have found myself listening to this over and over. There's definitely more than a bit of the old magic there (for me), that I can't put my finger on and I think Ed switching to the Quad Cortex for his guitar sounds has inspired him. Obviously I'd love to see some old school dub and Arabic vibes, but this is a decent version of the latter day Ozric sound.
This is up there. I don't know what's different but it feels as fresh as Curious Corn did, to give one example. The first half is good, but the second one is stellar. Those three tunes are absolutely amazing. This is where SFTE lost it for me, the tunes either side of the title track have never grabbed me, so the album loses steam big time in the second half. IMO, at least.
Also, I feel Ed's solo albums are both fantastic and it's a shame none of this material will most likely ever be played live. Those three albums, two Ed solo and LU, are great and should see some live representation. If there's a full band tour I reckon they'll play Lotus and Green Incantation.
After several more listens, I think what's present in some of the tunes is the intense melancholy that has, for me, been missing for a while. Plus, the album feels like it's more firmly located in the real world, rather than in a DAW, although I have no idea whether Ed has changed anything about the way he recorded this one.
Looks like Brandi is out again- pics/videos on Instagram from recent gigs show some guy playing bass who I'm not familiar with. Hopefully some full song performance videos from these gigs will make their way to youtube...