Sunday, October 22, 2017

Da Captain Trips- Adventures in Upsidedown (Phonospera Records2017-ps11)

This is the 5th release by this Italian four piece instrumental band.  I have not heard all their records but I dug the first one.  The CD features 7 tracks starting off with The Calm and the Storm. This one starts slowly with some cool 2 pole resonance filter played by Bastille as the jam slowly builds up. I like the guitar line but the synth takes the lead for the first half of the song and then Cavitos takes off. Cool bass playing by Peppo. At 4 ½ mins it goes into space rock mode. Great opening track.  Manta starts with more energy and a more intense guitar, the middle section is really beautiful and floating and has nice dynamics. This one fades out. Revelation features Lee on the saxophone. IT has a mysterious vibe to it but I love the synths on this one. Also a very nice guitar solo. Dear Zahdia has some intense drumming at times but the track really starts to take off at about 3mins. Tresspass Bay is a more melodic and laid back track but features some nice guitars and synth work as well. Nice dynamics with heavy and light sections created between the synth and guitars. Peaceful Place features a Buchla synth by Ema that is slowly faded up around 3mins and really changes the dynamic of the track. Peppo lays down some nice bass in this section. I like the bluesy guitar as well. Mother Earth closes the album and also features Ema on what they call Nature sounds. This is a great way to end the album with some hand drums, a cool funky yet spacey more laid back track but after 8mins it totally rocks out. The entire band play very well together on these cool instrumental jams. I guess I will have to try to hear their other albums. I really loved this one.

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