Album Review: Samsara Blues Experiment – One With the Universe

Samsara Blues Experiment - One With the Universe

There’s many a style that I listen to casually on a daily basis dealing from anywhere between death metal to some good ol’ classic rock. But the most chill vibes I’ve ever gotten had to have come from psychedelic rock, no question. Going into Samsara Blues Experiment’s fourth album, One With the Universe, I was hoping for some cool jams mixed with brilliance that you can’t find anywhere else.

I’m a firm believer that the cover art plays a big role in how someone while judge an album before even hearing a single note, and will eventually influence how they approach the record. I saw the art for One With the Universe and, knowing it was psychedelic rock, was fairly excited but was ready for something I might not enjoy, but luckily Samsara Blues Experiment did not let me down in the slightest. In five tracks that this album is composed of an the well over an 47 minutes run time it encompasses, it would be understatement for me to say that One With the Universe is easily the most intriguing record of its style of this year. The best part of it to me is how the vast majority of the material here is completely instrumental which means the song can go in any direction you want, allow to just enrapture yourself in the wondrous sounds that SBE somehow produced, and just kick back and relax into a state of mind that few bands can allow you to achieve on such a high level but Samsara Blues Experiment proves that they are definitely one such group with One With the Universe alone. Then when the vocals actually do come in they provide a magnificent extra layer that makes the already brilliant music so much more delicious and stupid good. Doesn’t sound to great or “professional” when I put it like that, but I’d be watering down the overall excellent experience that this album is by putting anymore thoughts into your mind rather than me telling you to simply go and listen to this magnificence.

Samsara Blues Experiment

There’s no other way to put it other than to simply say that damn near every essential thing that must be in a psychedelic rock album is there, and Samsara Blues Experiment somehow manage to improve upon every single one in unimaginable ways. One With the Universe is definitely one of the psychedelic rock albums of 2017 without a doubt and you’d be missing the hell out if you decided to pass this up.

Tracklist:

1. Vipassana
2. Sad Guru Returns
3. Glorious Daze
4. One With The Universe
5. Eastern Sun & Western Moon

Line-up:

* Christian Peters – guitar, vocal, synths
* Hans Eiselt – bass
* Thomas Vedder – drums

Links:

Official website

Bandcamp

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