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Omenopus

Portents

Review by Gary Hill

This EP features two Hawkwind alums (Bridget Wishart and Simon House) and Don Falcone of Spirits Burning fame. The music here has references to both of those acts and would probably fall under the space rock heading, but that’s a bit too limiting for it. This is great music and any fans of space rock or progressive rock that’s in that vein should really enjoy it. Here’s the real bonus, the disc is available for free from their website – omenopus.com. All you have to do is pay for the postage.

 This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2010  Volume 4 at lulu.com/strangesound.

 

Track by Track Review
Hen
This is like chamber music meets Hawkwind meets pop oriented progressive rock. It’s bouncy and catchy – and yet tastefully odd.
Always (Spirit Free)
Starting off very Hawkwind-like, this moves out to a more pure progressive rock (in other words, less space rock subset) sound. There is still plenty of space built into this, though and it even has a little pop oriented electronica. It’s dark and trippy, but also very cool. Later it moves into territory that’s definitely more in keeping with the sounds of Hawkwind and it turns a little heavy while still maintaining definite progressive rock sensibilities. It’s a great piece of music.
Night Twist
This is the most unusual cut on show. It starts with a mode that is quite stripped down and very much like some type of performance art. It reminds me a bit of Gong. As it grows upward we get elements of space rock, but also some Native American sounds. This is a cut that has a weird sort of chaotic texture, but yet is captivating and enchanting. It becomes more of a hard rocking tune later with some heavier guitar coming in to play. 
One By One
The first half of this is not Hawkwind-like at all. It’s a hard rocking, more modern sound. As it continues, though, they shift out into some killer Hawk-like space music. It’s a nice change of pace.
 
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