OZRIC TENTACLES: THE FLOORS TOO FAR AWAY

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.

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Tan star Tue 8/1/2006 10:28AM
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Tan

I've never seen a band straight up get kicked out of the Fillmore. Then OZ opened up for Particle. And they got kicked out. It was the funniest thing I have ever seen. Seriously.

But - horrible band. Bad shows, worse albums.

All Loving Liberal White Guy Tue 8/1/2006 11:25AM
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All Loving Liberal White Guy

these guys are still around?

JGabriel starstarstar Tue 8/1/2006 11:26AM
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JGabriel

wow, you obviously haven't listened to any of their albums or have no understanding of this band. they are pioneers, or at least were, and if they can't hold it together now, at least show respect for their past achievements. if your not in the know, which you obviously arent then think twice before you type. they are so much better than particle its not comparable, and i love particle... joseph

Tan Tue 8/1/2006 12:14PM
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Tan

I said nothing of the merits of Particle. As music is subjective, OT is def. not for me.

Walked out of the Independent show a year or so ago. Went to Particle and OT was opening up for them. They REFUSED to stop playing their instruments after their time was up. The house lights came on...they kept playing. Then, the Fillmore cuts the house sound, everything but the monitors. They keep playing! Then, security walks on stage and seriously kicks them off stage.

I'll have respect for OT when they get respect for bands that take them on tour to places like the legendary Fillmore in SF - a venue in which they could not even get quarter capacity.

nfenne Tue 8/1/2006 01:02PM
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nfenne

I've only seen OT twice and both times they delivered. I like their music but just like the old Particle I get bored with it after a while.

EVILFUNK Tue 8/1/2006 05:42PM
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EVILFUNK

i had to laugh alot at he fillmore....how spinal tap! o thought OT sounded good when they kept playing but i dont know why they would do that to themselves, another band or a big venue. too bad! i saw them a few years ago and most of the band was different. they sounded a bit different, better to me and they had a totally different vibe. what happened?

All Loving Liberal White Guy Tue 8/1/2006 09:53PM
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All Loving Liberal White Guy

these cats were allright when they started out but i checked out this album today and it's more embarissing that a sweatpants boner.

koss starstarstarstarstar Wed 8/2/2006 01:28PM
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koss

Where do you think half of these Techno-Jambands get there influence from Dude!!! Ozric Tentacles paved the way since 1985 for this type of freeform instrumental space rock.
I hate to break the news that "JamBands" are a marketing name to sell you that which has been done. Bands have been Jamming for a long time and Ozric Tentacles are one of the founders of a type of music which has influenced several "JamBands". It kills me.....If the Ozric where some new "JamBand", you eat it like candy.
Particle should have open for Ozric Tentacles....it's kind of like Hendrix openning for The Monkeys....you heard of those bands,right?

origen starstarstar Fri 8/4/2006 01:21PM
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origen

Ozric may have been the best jamband ever. Yes, most of their albulms contain a few tracks which could be considered filler. But when they are at their best, Ozric Tentacles produced some unbelievable instrumental compositions. Light years ahead of their time - they invented livetronica and it took other bands 10-15 years to finally catch up.

Mugs starstarstar Tue 8/15/2006 10:50AM
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Mugs

"wow, you obviously haven't listened to any of their albums or have no understanding of this band. they are pioneers, or at least were, and if they can't hold it together now, at least show respect for their past achievements. if your not in the know, which you obviously arent then think twice before you type. they are so much better than particle its not comparable, and i love particle... joseph"

I have to agree with DeJayos. OT were a great band in the day (they date back to the mid eighties) Their older albums are great. Having seen them in the early 90's and about a year or so ago, I can only say that they are a shadow of what they once were. Too bad people are getting the wrong impression of them now. Arborescence, Jurassic Shift and Afterswish are some of their better older discs. If you wish to check them out, I would start there.

rascal Wed 8/16/2006 10:34AM
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I would have to agree- the Ozrics are not what they used to be- mostly because of the loss of Seaweed- their monster keys player for 15 years- in fact- I believe only one original member of this band is still in it- but I must agree that in the history of music, their place in it is enormous- Mixing live instruments with sequencers before most of the band's doing it today were even born. And as far as the musicianship goes- look for the Steve Vai article on Ed Wynns guitar playing- it blew his mind- I saw these guys in several times in the 90's and if you want to see the band at its best-
live at the pongmaster's ball is a good representation.
My favorite album is and always will be arboressence-
UNBELIEVABLE-
going to ozrics shows used to be like going to church for me-