My god, is there no stopping the crazed, instrumental psych merchants from Wales known as Sendelica? Not only do their album titles seem to be getting longer and more bizarre, but the music on their latest release Streamedelica, She Sighed As She Hit Rewind On The Dream Mangler Remote (now there's a mouthful) finds them pushing their sonic envelope even further out into the deepest realms of psychedelic space.
Already incredibly well versed in crafting mighty jams of epic proportions, the core duo of Pete Bingham (guitars, electronics) and Glenda Pescado (bass) have once again assembled another impressive supporting cast of players to accompany them on their latest go 'round for the Russian label RAIG. Earlier this year the band released the free digital EP entitled Screaming and Streaming Into The Starlit Night which only served to whet the appetite of the bands followers (including this reviewer), but now with Streamedelica they have definitely offered up an absolutely monstrous main course.
After the languid haze of the opening track "Song Of the Seidr" is lifted the band tears directly into the six minute frenetic, dub fuzz of "Dream Mangler" which features heaping amounts of Bingham's trademark guitar playing and psychedelic effects. From there it's straight into one of their most elaborate compositions to date "Screaming And Streaming Into The Starlit Night" which is certainly a bit of a departure for the band, but one that pays huge dividends. I love how Lee Relfe's exquisite soprano sax work and Bingham's droning guitar motif sets the tone in the early stages, slowing building the level of intensity before the door is finally blown clear off the hinges with a sizzling synth solo for the ages. "Carningli (Hill Of Angels)", which features Nik Turner on flute is an atmospheric piece of music that brings things down considerably and sets the listener up for the album's tour de-force which comes in the shape of the twenty five minute "Day Of The Locust". I'm not certain anything can really prepare you for the sheer amount of blinding intensity and electro weirdness that permeates this track but suffice to say that the band has successfully introduced a few new electronic elements into their already diverse sonic landscapes. "Power Of The Sea" is an absolutely gorgeous number, this time highlighting Virginia Tate's talents on flute, while "Spacehopper Blues" is an eight minute rocking jam that once again gives Pete Binghman plenty of room to stretch out and show off his impressive arsenal of riffs.
With each subsequent release Sendelica somehow always manages to do the impossible which is to top their last album. Streamedelica certainly has to be considered their most complete and well rounded effort to date. As an added bonus the limited edition of this album comes with a bonus DVD that contains the film Triilian Eight. This thirty minute experimental video features some very intriguing visual elements set to the band's music. You also get their video treatment for "Screaming And Streaming Into The Starlit Night" as well as a live performance clip of "Dark Disco". All in all whether or not you get the regular or the bonus edition of Streamedelica, She Sighed As She Hit Rewind On The Dream Mangler Remote you really can't go wrong.
1) Song Of The Seidr
2) Dream Mangler
3) Screaming And Streaming Into The Starlit Nite
4) Carningli (Hill Of Angels)
5) Day Of The Locust
6) Power Of The Sea
7) Spacehopper Blues