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Various Artists: Tripwave Tripwave 2

One might not initially associate Russia with psychedelic music but nothing could be further from the truth. Trail Records continues to showcase up and coming bands in the Russian psychedelic scene with Tripwave 2, the second in the series. This album, much like first one, demonstrates the quality of Russian psychedelic music by focusing on nine bands, each adding one track and totaling almost eighty minutes of music.

There are only two bands I have previously been familiar with; Ole Lukkoye and Polska Radio One. Ole Lukkoye adds the ethnic influenced "Dyatly (Edit)" while Polska Radio One's "Shangri-La" sets a deliberately slower pace with dreamy lead vocals and cosmic induced rhythms. With "Below The Grass", compliments of the band Ciolkowska, the psychedelic guitar whether clean or distorted creates a laid back jam that will soak into your being if you let it. Rada & Blackthorn's "Ethno Song" takes the music into darker territory with rumbling guitar treatments and throat singing that adds a disturbing aura. The razor sharp guitar stabs cut through the soundscape as effective female vocals (in Russian) run their course. The song's long running time, at just over fourteen minutes, gives the band plenty of space to explore some pretty trippy guitar textures. As the song progresses the lead vocals are used much like an instrument caterwauling over the lead guitar. Really interesting stuff for sure. Layers of guitar with a great use of echo effects highlight the pure psychedelic instrumental rock of "Ganja Yoga" by Bowl Of Knowledge. The lead and rhythm guitars form some of the tastiest moments on the disc. Moody keys and acoustic/electric guitar form the basis of "Canyon", another very trippy song with a terrific build.

Tripwave 2 is another fine set from Trail Records highlighting the best psychedelic Russia has to offer. Recommended.

Track Listing:
1. Ciolkowska Below The Grass (7:29)
2. Rada & Blackthorn Ethno Song (14:18)
3. Bowl Of Knowledge Ganja Yoga (8:45)
4. Sonora Canyon (7:00)
5. Cosmic Triggers Syndicate (9:07)
6. Ole Lukkoye Dyatly (Edit) (15:28)
7. Dead Man Tell Tales Suicide Trip (5:34)
8. Kamni Forest Song (6:00)
9. Polska Radio One Shangri-La (5:52)

Added: October 14th 2017
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
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Language: english

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