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Brainticket

Cottonwood Hill

Review by Gary Hill

Although this is rather weird at times, it’s also quite cool. Psychedelic rock and prog and Hawkwind like space rock all merge into a killer disc. This has a great groove and is highly recommended to fans of psychedelic rock and space rock.

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Track by Track Review
Black Sand

Hard rocking and quite psychedelic, this jam is based on a cool groove. The vocals are spacey and the retro keyboard textures add a lot to this. There are some moments here that feel like early Hawkwind merged with Booker T and the MGs.

Places of Light

There’s a cool 1960s styled groove to this piece. This thing continues some killer retro jamming. The female vocals are basically spoken and sort of distant in the arrangement.

Brainticket Part I

This is awesome. It’s a killer groove that grows out gradually. It features the same musical elements as the earlier tunes, but there is also some definite Hawkwind in the mix. The female vocals make me think of Bridget Wishart’s vocals with Hawkwind.  After the vocal segment it kind of dissolves into spacey noise at times.

Brainticket Part II

Continuing a lot of musical themes from the previous one, this seems to have more energy. I love the stream of consciousness performance art vibe of the vocals. This works organically out to some noisy space for a time. The vocals return with a revitalized song structure. Those vocals get extremely passionate and frantic at times. A noisy closing finishes it.

 
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