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Album Review

Spirals in Hyperspace completes the movement initiated since Ozric Tentacles' comeback: the group is now the sole creature of Ed Wynne, who handles guitar, keyboards, and beat programming. Old travelers like Seaweed, John Egan, Schoo, and even Steve Hillage lend a hand on two or three cuts each, but the group has definitely moved from a fierce live unit to a more clinical studio project — and it can be heard on this album. The sleek production doesn't hide a high level of predictability and a certain coldness in the execution. Still, Spirals in Hyperspace is a good late-vintage Ozric opus. In fact, anyone would refute all of the above upon listening to the hard-driving opener, "Chewier": fast-paced and exciting, it sounds like something out of Erpland but with a harder, Magna Carta-trademarked edge. It's also an exception: the track features Schoo on real drums, Seaweed, Egan, and Brandi Wynne on glide bass — the closest to a group effort you'll witness on this album. "Oakum" and "Zoemetra" come close, though, both in terms of extra personnel and genuine drive — the latter in particular features some great light-speed drumming and a typical Middle Eastern melody. The other pieces fall in the "lukewarm" category, occasionally veering toward clichéd ambient trance. "Toka Tola" and the title track stand out as particularly potent cuts, but Ozric Tentacles' back catalog is filled with similar tunes. In short, Spirals in Hyperspace has its moments and is a satisfying album in itself, but if you look at the group's long discography, it shows a certain level of fatigue. ~ François Couture, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Is there such a thing as "Prog-Trance?"

I love this album to workout and even meditate too. If Pink Floyd's epic song "Echoes" had been more on the funk/trance tip it would have sounded like this. Absolute top-flight musicianship. The players blend very well together and the changes are like hypnotism.

Music you would listen to if you are traveling through space

Ozric Tentacles is honestly one of the most out of this world bands I have ever heard. I have been a fan of them for a few years now and more people should listen to them. The music just makes me space out (sober or straight) and always makes me feel I'm literally flying through a galaxy. Whether you're in the mood to to trip out with your friends, driving on the highway, or even doing some homework I suggest listening to these cats!

Pyschedelic, Funky, and Spacey by 3rd Stone from/the Sun

Another great 'Ozric's" release for those of us who know their world (not Sound) of music. Mostly an Ed Wynn solo project this time around with some great musician's helping out, but it's still phemonenal. After 23 some releases under their belt the Ozric Tentacles know their groove all to well. If your just starting out, I agree, try "Erpland' , Strangitude', or 'Jurrassic Shift' to get your sea legs going, Than (take your pick) from their HUGE catalog of music. The original 5, meaning their best line-up consisting of Ed Wynn (guitar & keyboards), Joie Hinton (keyboards) Merv Pepler (drums), Rolie Wynn (bass) & John Egon (flute and oddities), went from 'Pungent Efflugent' thru 'Aborescence', 1989 to 1995. After the split in 95 which saw the beginning of 'Eat Static", the Ozric's didn't seem to lose a step with Ed Wynn always at the helm. Any of their releases are golden. Instrumental lovers of the unknown, ENJOY!
"PEACE"

Biography

Formed: 1983

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

A band from another time, Ozric Tentacles served as the bridge from '70s cosmic rock to the organic dance and festival culture that came back into fashion during the '90s. Formed in 1983 with a debt to jazz fusion as well as space rock, the band originally included guitarist Ed Wynne, drummer Nick Van Gelder, keyboard player Joie Hinton, bassist Roly Wynne (Ed's brother), and second guitarist Gavin Griffiths (who left the group in 1984). The Ozrics played in clubs around London, meanwhile releasing...
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