Friday, December 21, 2012
The Univerzals- The Last Interspace Gypsies (Space Rock Productions SRP010)
The Danish band, the Univerzals are back with their 2nd full length release. The amazing artwork on this record was done by the one and only Ed Unitsky and fits perfectly the vibe and mode of this excellent spacey psychedelic rock record. While the material was recorded over the last ten years it all sounds new and fresh with an excellent sound production. Nickolas Hill, is the leader of the group and wrote all the songs and sings and plays the guitar. He is backed by a large list of different musicians as this material was recorded at different places with different bands over several years. Anyway, the double lp (no CD release) starts with the really cool slow and spacey E55 with a passionate vocals and some fantastic saxophone playing taking the lead. I really love the powerful lyrics. Tell Me is the longest track on the record at 14 mins and has a really spacey ending section. This is an uptempo track with a great bass line with really excellent dynamics between the instruments and some nice spacey synthesizers as well. This is really an amazing track. Jealous and Envious starts side B of the LP with a drone and then the main guitar riff kicks in. IT has a quite heavy guitar riff which Nick counters with his melodic singing style. The break features some acoustic guitar and then the horns come in. Marsman starts really heavy and is fast track which really changes the dynamic. It has this sort of eastern keyboard line and a very psychedelic vibe going on as lots of things are happening before the main song break. Psychedelic stuff! Deal with the Past is a perfect track to follow the very intense Marsman track. It is a sort of floating track to start and then the guitar starts to lift up the track as it grows and grows with this repetitive riff. IT really spaces out with some intense guitar playing at the end. In the Middle of Nowhere, has some really cool lyrics and and a nice vibe as Nick sings in a more laid back way. Spacetrain is a really experimental track with lots of drones, space sounds, and things happening as it slowly gains in intensity. then the riff kicks in. Thee is some delay on the voice to make it a bit more spacey and when the track floats back to earth, a beautiful sax solo. No Only Way starts with a very Eastern, like Egyptian theme and really spacey with fantastic clarinet. The Same Difference is a more laid back ballad and even has some female backing vocals and some serious lyrics. A really different track and really nice. Contradictions has a fast ska like groove and will remind people of some of the tracks on the bands first record, Ocean of Light. That ends this 72 mins trip with the Lost Interspace Gypsies. Amazing record. Wow..