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OHEAD

Psychedelic/Space Rock • United Kingdom


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OHEAD respectively O-HEAD is an electronica/space rock outfit headed by Somerset/UK based musician and producer Dave Hendry. Basically rooted in trance, dub, ambient and world music he started OHEAD as a side project in 1996, intending to explore a more organic and retro sound heavily influenced by pioneers like Tangerine Dream and Pink Floyd.

The debut album 'Silent Universe' was released in 1998 on Centaur Records, an effort where he's trying to resemble the 'Berlin School' tradition. The second album 'Steps Across The Cortex' seven years later became the starting point to produce a bunch of songs in collaboration with several guest musicians. From now on the music gradually turned into a stronger space rock direction which culminated in the 2012 'Visitor' album featuring significant Ozric Tentacles references.

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5.00 | 1 ratings
Silent Universe
1998
4.09 | 2 ratings
Steps Across The Cortex
2005
0.00 | 0 ratings
Gaia's Garden
2008
0.00 | 0 ratings
Space Daze
2010
0.00 | 0 ratings
Dream State Circus
2010
0.00 | 0 ratings
Decade In Space
2010
4.91 | 2 ratings
Visitor
2012
0.00 | 0 ratings
Resurgent Resonance
2017

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 Visitor by OHEAD album cover Studio Album, 2012
4.91 | 2 ratings

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Visitor
Ohead Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Progfan97402

5 stars This was taken from my review over at Discogs, just shortly after I purchased this in 2012, and my opinion of this hadn't budged one bit:

A space rock masterpiece waiting to be discovered! O-Head is a Dave Hendry project, he has several projects of varying styles. Visitor is the latest in a series of O-Head releases, this time he receives more outside help than ever before, even real drums on occasions, and it shows. It sounds like O-Head might end up a real band, like Porcupine Tree. Anyways, this stuff is truly up your alley if you enjoy groups like Ozric Tentacles, Tidal Flood, Quantum Fantay, Hidria Spacefolk, and the likes. "Kull" might fool you into thinking this is going to be symphonic progressive rock, sounding a bit like the '70s French band Pulsar circa The Strands of the Future, with sampled Mellotron choirs (Hendry never used a real Mellotron, apparently a Roland JV 1080 with expansion pack), but with the next cut, "Alluvial Morte" it's in more familiar space rock territory. This piece reminds me of early Porcupine Tree because there are vocals from Al O'Kane who remind me of Steven Wilson. Much of the rest is first rate space rock, with the occasional techno moves, particularly the title track. I also love the presence of the ney flute on a couple of the cuts, courtesy of German-born Maren Lueg, her ney playing reminds me a lot of John Egan's ney playing in the Ozrics. Generally she plays in more traditionally inclined Middle Eastern music ensembles, but I wondered if she's heard Ozric Tentacles, and felt if John can play ney in space rock, so can she. Don't know. "Jagged" is a strangely out of place piece, with metal guitar riffs, then suddenly the piece mellows into spacy psychedelic territory, but then ends with those metal riffs again. Does that mean that Dave Hendry might end up with a metal project? There's even one cut that starts off with that same bass synth that you've heard on the Ozrics' Spirals in Hyperspace and The Floor's Too Far Away (helps that Hendry uses Novation synthesizers like Ed Wynne).

This stuff is begging to be discovered, truly some of the finest space rock I have heard in a long time. If you don't know O-Head, Visitor is a great place to start!

And it's true, everything I meant. It's clearly a highlight of Mr. Hendry's career, as far as I'm concerned.

 Steps Across The Cortex by OHEAD album cover Studio Album, 2005
4.09 | 2 ratings

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Steps Across The Cortex
Ohead Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Progfan97402

4 stars O-Head is the name of electronica and space rock project from Somerset, UK-based David Hendry. This is the same area that brought us Ozric Tentacles, before late 2008 when they decided and move to Colorado. There is definitely two different phases in O-Head career, the early stuff which is electronica (1998 to 2005) and the space rock phase (2008 to present, at least until 2012 when Visitor was released, and since that time nothing new released, so far). Steps Across the Cortex was the final of just two albums in this early electronica phase, and seemed to be the final release on Centaur Discs, although Dave Hendy had since reissued it (with a different cover), so if you're wondering why your copy has a different cover, it's a reissue, as the cover posted here is the Centaur original. Basically this CD has one foot in '90s techno and the other foot in '70s Berlin School electronic music, so this particular release would fit more comfortably in the Progressive Electronic section, than Psychedelic/Space Rock (but it's totally understandable why O-Head is under the Psychedelic/Spacy Rock category, due to the releases starting with Gaia's Garden, which is closer to Ozric territory). So instead of reference to Ozric Tentacles here, Tangerine Dream is a good reference,, perhaps a bit of Jean Michel Jarre without the Eminent 310 and '90s type of techno beats, but unlike real techno it's difficult to dance to this as there's plenty of moments without any beats and sticking to more ambient moments. "Oracle Eye" does point towards the more Ozric-like direction of later releases as this piece bears more than a passing resemblance to "Sploosh!" off Ozrics' 1991 release Strangeitude. It has that same pulsing bass rhythm. Sampled Mellotron is used from time to time, which I really like (at least Dave Hendry's honest that he never used a real Mellotron, as no Mellotron is mentioned in the gear listings on the CD - he probably couldn't afford a real Mellotron or didn't want to hassle with the mechanics of one). The music is stuffed with nice use of digital and analog modeling synths. It's strange that this album was released in 2005, this could have been easily released sometime in the mid 1990s. He even gets some guitar playing from Simon Williams of Mandragora.

This is a nice album to have for those looking for spacy electronic music.

Thanks to rivertree for the artist addition.

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