SENDELICA - The Satori In Elegance Of The Majestic Stonegazer

Sendelica - The Satori In Elegance Of The Majestic Stonegazer

8 songs
60:02 minutes
***** **
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It’s been hardly a year since Welsh psyche rockers Sendelica released their last album The Pavilion Of Magic And The Trials Of The Seven Surviving Elohim, and now they are already back with another CD/DVD-combo package to enchant their audience. Unlike their last two records which saw the band evolving into more accessible territory, The Satori In Elegance Of The Majestic Stonegazer goes back to a wilder improvisational past, with the musicians freely exploring the meandering universes of psychedelia, blues and acid rock.

The album starts with the roaring ten minute long Magical Ninin, whose recurring melody definitely has its mesmerising moments, but in the end it all seems maybe a little too long. This cannot be said about the following Aetheraland, a short, mellow piece with an enchanting flute part and discreet female vocals, which prepares the ground for the four parted Satori In Elegance, a suite that takes up half of the album’s playing time. Especially the quarter hour long third section convinces with its dubby, trippy sound. Preseli Daze is another long track with its twelve minutes, before the album closes on the shorter The Majestic Stonegazer in an unusually rocking mood, even though the hissing flanger effect could have been mixed a little more into the background.

The Satori In Elegance Of The Majestic Stonegazer doesn’t quite convince me as much as the band’s previous efforts, although I am still quite in awe of their uncompromising attitude. This feels like having been recorded by a bunch of guys who are not averse to the occasional consumption of mind altering substances, and who play a part as long as necessary to get it grafted to your brain. This may come with certain risks, like in this case a bass guitar that could have had a louder sound, but apart from that it’s still nice to hear these Welsh psyche rockers immersing themselves in a one hour tour de force.

The DVD contains the half hour movie When The Rising Apes Meet The Fallen Angels, and promo videos for Satori In Elegance Pt III and another non-album track which once again shows the band from their accessible side.

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