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Breathe Awhile

Arcadium

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Album Review

Arcadium's sole album, like that of many also-ran rare psychedelic LPs of the late '60s, was something of a bad trip soundtrack in its reliance upon minor melodies, swirling churchy organs, loud distorted guitars, pained vocals, hints of blues, and ghostly harmonies. Sole songwriter and lead vocalist Miguel Sergides had an enigmatic, sometimes unfathomable worldview, but one that always projected discontent and struggle. Aside from being derivative of bigger psychedelic groups with somewhat similar heavy sounds and troubled attitudes, the record suffers from an overreliance on minor-key tunes and a lack of sufficient variety between the individual tracks. As was the fashion of the day, as well, some of the tracks went on for seven-to-twelve minutes, with the ambitious "Birth, Life and Death" clocking in at ten minutes, for example. The CD reissue on Akarma adds two tracks from a non-LP 1969 single that sound very much like the ones that made the album.

Biography

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s

This obscure psychedelic band issued one rare album, Breathe Awhile, in 1969 that's very much in the downer-heavy school of the genre. The group's dominant figure was its songwriter and lead singer, 12-string guitarist Miguel Sergides. The ominous, loud, cathedral-like organ; distorted guitar; and anguished vocals took influences from the likes of the Doors, Iron Butterfly, and Vanilla Fudge, while some San Francisco psychedelia could be heard in the bittersweet harmonies. The band wasn't as distinctive...
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