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Psychedelic/Space Rock

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4 stars Great Spanish psych!

This is the second album of Lüger, a Spanish band with a clear tendency to the psychedelic side of progressive rock. Since their debut self-titled album I was really interested in their music and wanted to follow their future works, so last year, they released "Concrete Light" which actually happens to be a live album, though when I listen to it I would swear it is a studio one due to the precision offered in their performance. This album features six songs that make a total time of 32 minutes. Actually, if there is something I would argue is that the album is pretty short, I believe they could have included a couple of tracks more.

It opens with "Monkeys Everywhere", which is actually a killer first track. I love its repetitiveness but how is it little by little getting us into their fictional world, I mean, while the seconds pass the music becomes part of us and let us have a trip with it, putting some images and colors in our minds. I like the bass sound a lot, and of course, the keyboard work which is crucial in my opinion. Then all of a sudden we are now listening to "Dracula's chauffeur wants more", whose first minute is repetitive and soft but then it explodes and becomes faster and heavier, making a nice combination of psychedelic rock with even some punk reminiscences. The synth work is great, putting the best atmospheres, the guitars and bass are also cool, and the vocals nice, reminding me a bit of The Music or even Jane's Addiction (in some way).

"Hot Stuff" starts with some drums and electronic effects, seconds later a repetitive bass joins and then new atmospheric synths can be appreciated. The structure does not actually change, I mean, the song maintains the same rhythm during its five minutes, but the good thing here are the elements the band is adding while the seconds pass, and we can better appreciate them if we listen to it with nice headphones.

"Shirokovsky Pallasite I and II" is a two-part song that reaches nine minutes together. The first part is the shortest one; it softly starts with keyboards and then is progressing, first with bass lines and then with a wonderful drums playing. I want to emphasize that the work of the drummer in this particular track is excellent. There is a moment with a slice change, where synth adds new atmospheres, in that moment is when the second part begins. The music keeps flowing, it is mesmerizing and hypnotizing, once you let it enter, you will not escape from this psych realm. In this second part vocals also join later.

The album finishes with "Zwischenspiel/quidquid latet apparebit" which seems to be the calmest of them all. It has an oriental flavor due to the sitar sound, which shows the ethnical side of Lüger. Here I remember some older krautrock acts such as Dzyan or Agitation Free. After three minutes the song changes a little bit, showing a raw sound that contrasts with the delicate sitar. Then it progresses and becomes more and more intense until it finishes.

This is a pretty nice album by Lüger, with the same high quality as their self-titled one, the only problem I have here, as I previously mentioned, is that it is too short. Anyway, the music deserves itself four solid stars.

Enjoy it!

memowakeman | 4/5 |


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