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IN SEARCH OF A NEW DAWN

Tangle Edge

 

Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.88 | 13 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars "In Search Of A New Dawn" was the debut of Norway's own TANGLE EDGE. I had forgotten that I had reviewed their 2006 album called "Serpentry Quarters" which did little for me back then. This album does a lot for me. In fact I've been so intrigued with their sound as they offer up some ethnic sounding music bordering on Raga Rock but also a lot of fantastic sounding guitar led music. Lots of angular guitar here as well and I like how experimental this gets at times. There's a Psychedelic and Jazz vibe too at times in this all instrumental album. The compositions were split evenly between the lead guitarist and the synth/ bass/ acoustic guitar player.

"Isis At The Invisible Frontispiece" is the 2 minute opener with mostly acoustic guitar but the style of playing gives this a strong ethnic vibe. "Caesar's Integrated Flaw" is one I like better and it's a top five for me as we get this uptempo rocker with some impressive electric guitar as drums and bass support. This really comes across as a great sounding guitar track.

"Nephthys" has acoustic guitar along with electric angular guitar. It turns fuller just before a minute as acoustic guitars take over. Angular guitar is back after 2 1/2 minutes. I like the depth of sound when the bass comes to the fore a minute later. It's almost spacey with acoustic guitar to end it. "A Secret Inside Clopedia" features bowed guitar with acoustic guitar again giving off this ethnic vibe but here Raga Rock really comes to mind. Tablas and percussion too.

"The Approaching Triptykhon Sunset" is a top five and it sounds good to start, quite melodic before it turns experimental rather quickly. It settles back after 2 minutes then it kicks back in again with atmosphere, acoustic guitar and a beat. Nice. It turns lighter but it's still experimental. "The Centipede's Tune" has this melancholic electric guitar that brings fellow Norwegian Terje Rypdal to mind. There's acoustic guitar and atmosphere as well. That melancholic angular guitar comes to the for before 4 minutes. A top five.

"Later Then The Pinworm-Era" is another top five and this one is a more powerful song with electric guitar, bass and drums standing out. "Mushy Shadows From A Lost Caravan" is led by beautiful acoustic guitar melodies. "Solorgy" is my favourite and the 15 minute closer. Water sounds to begin with along with acoustic guitar. The acoustic guitar gets abrasive before 1 1/2 minutes then it kicks in with drums, bass and more. So good! Water sounds continue after 2 minutes as it settles before kicking in again. Love this! The electric guitar pretty much solos over to almost the end as this plays out. Water sounds only late before spoken words end it.

Without question one of the best from 1989, easily in my top ten for that year. Adventerous music that continues to intrigue me.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |

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