June 14, 2014
Release Date: 2009
1. Electroplasm (10:13)
2. Shpongolese Spoken Here (06:38)
3. Nothing Is Something Worth Doing (06:24)
4. Ineffable Mysteries (10:26)
5. I Am You (11:37)
6. Invisible Man In A Fluorescent Suit (08:54)
7. No Turn Unstoned (08:02)
8. Walking Backwards Through The Cosmic Mirror (08:13)
Total Length: 1:10:26
Electroplasm has both a heavier intro than I would ever have expected from this group and the melodies are a little more clear and accessible than they have been before. They are not dumbing it down by any means, the song sounds great and smart. I’m not too fond of the vocals over the end of the song though. Shpongolese Spoken Here goes nuts from the start and stays that way the whole way. It’s pretty cool overall, and one of the shorter tracks on here.
Nothing Is Something Worth Doing has almost a Caribbean vibe to it which lends a whole new flavor of sorts to this group’s repertoire. It makes the song really relaxing and enjoyable. Ineffable Mysteries has some cool bits with vocal samples, and it really makes the song. There’s also some cool bits with some horns doing cool deals. I Am You is a huge song, and while the first part doesn’t do much for me, once the main vocal line kicks in the song never really lets go. It builds up really well to a great ending.
Invisible Man In A Fluorescent Suit has a cool intro too, and I just really dig its groove. The only part I don’t like is the last couple minutes. It’s hard to explain, because even though I know drugs surround this music, having it so blatantly present like that annoys me. No Turn Unstoned is great to me. I’m sure some fans were turned off since it has a more standard use of vocals then what the group has done before. I really love it though, it works wonderfully. Walking Backwards Through The Cosmic Mirror isn’t as significant as the other tracks but it is still solid and does its job well. I can’t fully get into this album, but there is definitely some amazing material here.
Final Rating: 8/10
September 9, 2013
Release Date: 2011
1. Before The Big Bang (06:23)
2. The God Particle (10:44)
Total Length: 17:07
Before The Big Bang has a creepy intro with lots strange percussion and rhythm bits, and a rising bass line heightens the intensity. The song is overall more basic and less psychedelic influenced than material on their main albums. I quite like it. The God Particle features a decent sample at the forefront and the rest of the track is pretty nice, with varying sections of aggression and calmness. This EP is stupid good and I wish they would follow how it is a bit more in the main albums.
Final Rating: 9/10
October 31, 2012
Release Date: 1998
Genre: Psychedelic Downtempo
1. Shpongle Falls (08:34)
2. Monster Hit (08:57)
3. Vapour Rumours (10:26)
4. Shpongle Spores (07:16)
5. Behind Closed Eyelids (12:29)
6. Divine Moments Of Truth (10:20)
7. …And The Day Turned To Night (19:58)
Total Length: 01:18:00
Shpongle Falls combines a lot of neat elements. The atmospheric intro, slowed down vocals, samples, and cool percussion interjections create a pretty nice vibe. The group also tosses in the first appearance of some world influences in the form of some flutes. Monster Hit gets a little bit more right to the point, starting with some good percussion and building from there. There are also some cool vocal samples and while the track is nice it goes on a bit long for me.
Vapour Rumours is mostly good and reminiscent of the the other tracks. The samples work fairly well to give the song a bit more of a creepy atmosphere, but it never really goes the whole nine yards. Shpongle Shores is a bit slower paced and has some very cool synths that I enjoy a lot. Behind Closed Eyelids is pretty fantastic the whole way through once it stumbles past its intro. I like the way the song builds and keeps changing.
Divine Moments Of Truth uses some neat throat singing samples, and has a pace and rhythm different from the other tracks so far. It feels a bit more fierce, in your face. …And The Day Turned To Night is a big piece to close the album off. A lengthy intro leads into a song that just doesn’t quit. Really the best part of this whole album is that you don’t need to be focused. It is great to simply relax to, despite some intense moments. It’s still not the first thing I pick to listen to, but I’m never unhappy from having listened to it.
Final Rating: 8/10