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Sendelica: Spaceman Bubblegum And Other Weird Tales From The Mercury Mind

Sendelica are an instrumental trio from Wales, comprised of Pete Bingham (guitars and electronics), Glenda Pescado (bass) and Paul Fields (drums), that specialize in creating lengthy, improvisational compositions with a significantly noticeable psychedelic flavor. The majority of the music performed on their second full length album, Spaceman Bubblegum And Other Weird Tales From The Mercury Mind was recorded in a single day session, with the final two tracks having been previously released elsewhere.

The disc starts off with the languidly mellow, mood setting sounds of "Sunfazed" which after four minutes segues into the muscular and driving force that is "Spaceman Bubblegum #2, a track which features a heaping serving of Bingham's inventive and torrid guitar work. "It's a Neu! Thing" like its title suggests, is an indirect tribute to the legendary Kraut rockers, featuring an airtight rhythmic workout between Pescado and Fields underneath a plethora of electronic sounds and triggered effects. "Siren-The Second Coming" starts of with a groove reminiscent of "Sunfazed" before Bingham's inspired soloing once again takes center stage for well over five minutes. By this point just over thirty minutes have elapsed, which gives the listener a pretty good idea of what Sendelica are all about, that is until they totally blow your mind with the absolute guitar tour de force on "Indrid Cold". Check out the crazy solo's Bingham tosses out on this twelve minute epic, not to mention Pescado's thick and rubbery bass lines and the busy work of Fields behind the kit. This is hands down the best track on the disc. "Mr. Floyd Walker", originally released on an earlier EP, is a minimal ambient piece of music which sounds a bit out of place compared to the frenetic pace of the first five tracks. Likewise the albums final number "Dawn Of The Dub Revisited", a song of the band's first album, is another gentle, floating and radiating track. I actually liked that they included these two tracks at the end, even though they didn't necessarily fit in completely with the rest of the disc.

There you have it, another magical release and certainly one worthy of your attention, from the folks over at the Russian label R.A.I.G. If these guys keep finding talent like Sendelica, Vespero and Ahkmed they're certainly going to turn more than a few heads in the international music scene.

Track Listing
1) Sunfazed
2) Spaceman Bubblegum #2
3) It's a Neu! Thing
4) Siren –The Second Coming
5) Indrid Cold
6) Mr. Floyd Walker
7) Dawn Of The Dub Revisited

Added: November 22nd 2007
Reviewer: Ryan Sparks
Related Link: R.A.I.G.
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Language: english

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