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Abduction

Eat Static

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Album Review

The cover was all that was needed to confirm that Eat Static consisted of ex-hippies tripping the cosmic dance waves: halfway to Yes visions of flying saucers over stone circles and the like, not to mention the curious looking fellow on the back cover with his star helmet. For all of the jam band/festival weirdness of Eat Static's parent group the Ozrics, things here sound more interesting and less inclined to call up visions of dirt, patchouli oil, and bad pot. A distorted sample of Terrence McKenna may open the record, but kick in the rhythms and keyboards, and let the progressive house unwind, quick and kicking, with "Prana." The overall air of spacey samples and sonics at once give the band its identity and renders it more than a little jokey — frankly, George Clinton pulled that whole scam off with more skill. But Eat Static still know the way around beats and Abduction is generally enjoyable, not as distinct and truly gone as the Orb but more interesting that it would seem on first blush. Muzzein wails and the like were already passé by the time this surfaced, but it's a good case for recombining obvious elements, builds and fills into a reasonable end product as any. At its best, Abduction fuses ambient/new age traces — the whale song into strange flutes of "Kalika" or the various snippets of sci-fi movie dialogue throughout — with sharp, slamming beats that don't sound watery or Johnny-come-lately in the slightest. "Forgotten Rites" is a definite highlight, building slowly up piece by piece in intensity, the use of differing drum styles and loops aiming for an almost tribal-level of experience before shooting up and out even higher halfway through.

Customer Reviews

Down with the best

Eat Static were thinking Aliens, but forget it. Their music, and espacially this album, is far from alien. If you appreciate good influential music this one will stand the test of time for many years to come. There has yet to come anybody who can bring such a great trip into the modern musical areana.

Close your eyes and dance

During the summer festival season this is the perfect music to bring on memories of dancing in a field all night long.

Is it really 15 years ago??

Inocent times, off my head on Diamond White and Tenants super strength - I feel old.... B******!! - no I dont! some of this would stand up today without sounding dated at all, buy it, listen on a Saturday afternoon before a party etc, and hark back to when us thirty somethings were looping all over the place!

Biography

Formed: 1989 in Frome, England

Genre: Dance

Years Active: '90s

A techno-based, UFO-obsessed side project of Ozric Tentacles' Merv Pepler (keyboards, drum patterns, samplers) and Joie Hinton (keyboards, samplers) along with synth player Steve Everitt, Eat Static formed in Frome, England in 1989. After making their initial appearances performing before and after Ozric shows, Eat Static issued their first few singles on their own Alien label before signing to Planet Dog, debuting with the album Abduction in 1993. The follow-up, 1994's Implant, proved so successful...
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