Lunar Dunes – From Above

One can be sure, Lunar Dunes’ From Above is an album which without a doubt has the potential to reawaken all of the fellow psychedelic/spacey/kraut rock mammoths that seem to have been frozen for the last few decades. The musicians behind this record probably know how hard it is is to make a successful mix of old and new styles and simultaneously please all of the fans who are thirsty for more psychedelic music. I’m more than pleased; I introduced myself to this album without any expectations, although the cover art looked very promising. It fulfilled any that I could have had.

If From Above would be a recipe, these might be the ingredients:  Can at the core, Ozric Tentacles’ groove, King Crimson’s experimentation, Black Sabbath’s doom, Coltrane’s sense for rhythm, In the Woods’ depth…

I’m afraid that I wasn’t convincing enough in my description of what that this UK trio served on their debut opus, thus I will try a bit harder. I guess that majority of you people are familiar with early Floyd’s spaciness. The Can/Amon Düül fanatics already know what’s in the basis of their sound, and that basic is added to From Above’s formula. And do I have to tell anything about the rhythm Coltrane/Davis used to have their albums? Or about the pure energy of Deep Purple/Led Zeppelin? The Twisted nature of the Mars Volta or Popol Vuh? To conclude, I’m sure any of you will find something interesting in this psychedelic-space-prog-krautrock-freejazz-postpunk combination.

At the end of this review, all I want to say is: HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Sorry folks, I’m in hurry to push the PLAY button once again… And again.

Tracklist:

  1. From Above
  2. As Below
  3. Herzegovina (interpolating Le Petit Chevalier)
  4. Loophole
  5. The Todal Gleeps
  6. Seaspray
  7. Yaman
  8. Rowing Boat
  9. When I Was on Horseback

10. Scissorbell

11.  My Lagan Love

12.  Scatter

Line-up:

* Adam Blake – guitar, organ, vibes

* Hami – drums, percussion, programming, organ, glockenspiel

* Ian Blackaby – fretless bass

with:

* Caroline Lavelle – cello on My Lagan Love

* Krupa – vocals on Herzegovina (interpolating Le Petit Chevalier)

* Sheema Mukherjee – tampora on When I Was on Horseback

Links:

www.lunardunes.com

Nikola Savić is a prog enthusiast, blogger and author, in addition to being the founder of Prog Sphere, Progify, ProgLyrics and the ongoing Progstravaganza compilation series.
%d bloggers like this: