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THE MARIA DIMENSION

Legendary Pink Dots

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.90 | 45 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars 4.5 stars. LEGENDARY PINK DOTS formed back in 1980 in the UK but at some point The Netherlands became their home base. They are a Psychedelic band inspired greatly by Syd Barrett. Edward Ka-Spel is the genius here as we get the kind of musical soundscapes that leave me breathless. I could go on and on about the atmosphere, the effects, tape manipulation, electronics and samples that are used here. It's a rather dark album with lyrics to match. Edward clearly liked the way Syd wrote his lyrics but there's no question he has moved beyond Syd's abilities, and then add the dark and inventive soundscapes and yes I have another band to follow, and with their huge discography this is going to be fun. Edward even sings like Syd which I must admit is not a style of singing I enjoy but I have come to accept it. This was released in 1991 and it's a long one at over 74 minutes.

"Disturbance" opens with sounds building including what sounds like a hurdy-gurdy. Vocals join in but not for long. Sounds slowly pulse in this very psychedelic sounding track. Sax joins in before 3 minutes. "Pennies For Heaven" opens with intricate guitar as reserved vocals and electronics join in. It turns more sinister lyrically and instrumentally after a minute. Strings too followed by church organ as the vocals continue. The vocals are stronger before 2 1/2 minutes as we get marching styled drums and more. Horns lead a minute later as the vocals have stopped. It continues this way to the end. "Third Secret" opens with what sounds like guitar but if it is the sound is manipulated. Vocals, a beat and keyboards join in quickly. It's fuller 2 1/2 minutes in. Sax to the fore 4 minutes in as the vocals have stepped aside. Male operatic vocals end it.

"The Grain Kings" is a top five tune. Powerful electronics to start and it's dark. So much going on here. It picks up 1 1/2 minutes in as the vocals join in. Love the rhythm here, like riding a train. Check out the keyboards starting before 5 minutes. Is that guitar after 6 minutes? Crazy! "The Ocean Cried"Blue Murder"" opens with piano as the vocals and a bass horn join in, electronics too. Waves and seagulls end it as the piano continues. "Bella Donna" is a top five. I love how this starts with the synths as restrained vocals join in. This is so moving for some reason. There's those lush synths again but with sax this time before 2 minutes as the vocals stop temporarily.

"A Space Between" starts out really good with those pulsating electronics and drums as the vocals join in. The chorus is too catchy. "They all have names" is repeated many times as the sax plays over top. Again this is so inventive, especially late with all that's going on. "Evolution" is another top five track for me. Man this seems Krautrock inspired as it opens with spacey, droning sounds. Love the atmosphere here. A beat kicks in along with some strange noises. A baby cries out before 4 minutes bringing GILA to mind. Spoken words follow in this haunting section. There's that baby crying again. The guitar expressions and electronics sound so good as the spoken words continue. Dark pulsating sounds after 6 minutes and what sounds like strummed sitar. "Cheraderama" opens with spoken vocals and atmsophere. The vocals get deeper then back to the previous soundscape. A hypnotic and dark tune.

"Lilith" has spacey synths, faint spoken vocals and a beat. "Fourth Secret" has tons of atmosphere as the drums and electronics join in. An 80's sounding synth line joins in that I like. Deep vocals chant the words. "Expresso Noir" has a rhythm that reminds me of being on a train at night which is cool. Vocals throughout and it's experimental late. "Home" is a top five that opens with piano and it's so excellent how the atmosphere envelopes the soundscape after a minute. Simply a beautiful piece of music. "Crushed Velvet" is the final tune and my final top five. Yes I like the way this album ends. It sounds like deep cello as spoken words join in. Very psychedelic lyrics here as well. Love it! An eastern vibe joins in. A change after 2 1/2 minutes with percussion and strange sounds, sax too. This is so good and it ends with some creepy piano.

I can't wait to check out more from this band, they play the kind of Psychedelic music I adore. One of the best albums from 1991, no doubt.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |

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