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gak omek, the: return of the all-powerful light beings

The gak is bak! Wait, didn't guitarist and resident gakker Robert Burger issue alien eye just last week or so? That might be the case, but the allegiance he's struck with a motley group of extraterrestial wayfarers validates the understanding that he wants us to think outside the musical bun, and that he's got ideas enough to release albums on a monthly basis! Also returning is guest keyboardist Dave Cashin (on the first and last tracks) and drummer Glenn Robitaille adds his touch to the monster title track all other percussion, as on the first album, is programmed (and very well). A splendid organ-ic solo lurks on here, too, so listen for it.

return of the all-powerful light beings opens with a monster of a title track, a symphonic triptych of the Vangelis-meets-Hillage mold. A regal-sounding overture, a soundtrack to an undiscovered continent populated by miniature beings, and a ride on a smooth photon glider encompass in musical terms what this elegant suite is all about up there with many an epic track. "cydonia" is a certifiable compact epic hinged on moderate guitar pyrotechnics that give way to a neo-canterbury spell sprinkled over with Synergystic spices. "apparition of departed human personalities" is easily the most "pastoral" sounding of the selections found here, with an organic feel bestowed by samples of reasonable quality. There's a quasi-Spanish section, with Burger playing a trumpet sample on guitar synth! Percolating electrons even assume faux-violin shapes that preface virtual orchestra a decidedly Wendy Carlos tactic, if you ask me. Great fun, and accessible without dumbing down the formula.

"radio hypnotic intracerebral control" conveys a feel not unlike '80s (and some '90s) King Crimson. Those disjointed, staccato Stickish lines are usually referenced back to Levin, Gunn, and the like. "dance of the nine unknown men" finds the gakmaestro again plying his monophonic legato melodies, sensuous and crystalline and bearing more than a vague resemblance to "Bolero." The second half includes "singing" guitar a la Oldfield, and hi & lo sitarsonics. Having dodged (and dumped) the sophomore jinx, the gak omek has a great third run to look forward to. Electro-proghedz and instrumental aficionados need to get with the program and get the gak!


1. return of the all-powerful light beings ::::: 15:06
2. forbidden technology of the lost clown civilization ::::: 6:13
3. cydonia ::::: 10:44
4. apparitions of departed human personalities ::::::10:45
5. radio hypnotic intracerebral control ::::: 6:54
6. dance of the nine unknown men ::::: 9:35
7. departure of the all-powerful light beings ::::: 2:57

Total time 62:18

Added: November 13th 2004
Reviewer: Elias Granillo
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gak omek, the: return of the all-powerful light beings
Posted by Greg Cummins, SoT Staff Writer on 2004-11-04 06:06:19
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With a tripped out, psychedelic cover featuring alien beings that would be right at home in a tips and tricks book on Bryce 3D's section on molten glass layers fused with cadmium embossing, this work of art is light years ahead of anything this side of Uranus.

Coverwork aside, this disc contains an astonishingly different approach to what we all take for granted with an enormously vast array of sounds and ideas that left me speechless until I had time to understand the complexity of the music presented.

Embracing anything from a throbbing Deep Forest sound to a mamba from Rio Di Janiero, to a tribal beat playing counterpoint to a ridiculously infectios rhythm section you won't find as much variety as on this 2nd outing from a band with the unusual name of "the gak omek". Sounding more like a vegitarian dish that the local natives would serve in the highland village of Ubud in Bali, they don't come much stranger than this one.

Don't ask me what the name means as I have not yet encountered the obligatory out of body experiences needed to understand all of this alien hoodoo guru, but let me assure you this will challenge those wanting some compexity and versatility without requiring you to leave planet earth.

Robert Burger propels his spacecraft through the nether reaches of the galaxy ably assisted by Dave Cashin on keyboards and Glenn Robitaille on drums although it is Robert who is credited with all songwriting skills.

Call it what you like, try and label this one for me as I can't find a pigeon hole that will envelop its constantly evolving shape. Weird but captivating, infectious but restrained, challenging yet sometimes familiar and discordant in parts yet with melodies aplenty in others, you'll need your photon enhanced Sennheisers to fully appreciate the galactic sojourn you are about to embark on.

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