By Chris Clark
Straight from Somerset, England, psychedelic-rock adventurers Ozric Tentacles revisit with their latest album, The Floor's Too Far Away. Since forming over two decades ago, Britain's psy-electro pioneers have released more than 20 albums and cassettes. Until a few years ago, the group remained fairly unknown stateside but was recognized overseas for chaotic live performances throughout Europe, most notably at festivals such as Glastonbury.
Returning with The Floor's Too Far Away, the Tentacles deliver yet another spaced-out foray into heavy trance-electronica. As in recordings past, this album ventures deep into heavily synthesized textures filled with a mélange of keyboards and manufactured beats. The result is a frenzied but collected compilation of otherworldly music.
From the album-opening "Bolshem" and its extended, nature-filled introduction and heavily distorted European electronica to the up-tempo, guitar-and-synth barrage of "Splat!," the album starts and finishes in much the same way. In-between are speckled bits of brilliance and several lackluster occasions that fail to deliver. One of the brightest moments of The Floor's Too Far Away comes in "Spacebase," a funky track filled with soaring guitar and head-bobbing hippie funk.
Ozric Tentacles remain an entity in today's music world, and you either like them or you don't. After several listens, maybe it's just not for me.
JamBase | United Kingdom
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