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Snoozy Moon

Snoozy Moon

Review by Gary Hill

I suppose it could be argued that this is more psychedelic rock than it is progressive rock. I tend to think that it occupies a musical territory that lands somewhere in between those sounds. This is definitely a trippy set. The songs are all fairly extended, but the closer (the only instrumental here) is the longest piece by quite a bit. This should appeal to people who like space rock or psychedelia the most, but I can see an audience amongst the Rock In Opposition crowd, too.

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Track by Track Review
Desert Morning

There is very much a dreamy, trippy atmosphere here. This is perhaps more psychedelic rock than it is prog, but the powered up segment on the number definitely brings the prog. The cut is essentially built around the alternating of those two portions – mellower and more powered. There are some cool bits of keyboards that come over the top at times.

Nemophilist
There is a lot more folk rock built into this. It’s packed with psychedelia, too, though. It’s cool trippy, but has some definite energy to it. It also has some prog changes.
Ladybug
The first couple minutes of this are set in effects laden space music modes. It powers out after that into one of the hardest rocking things of the whole set. It’s part stoner metal and part prog rock with a lot of psychedelia in the mix. Around the three and a half minute mark it dissolves into some spacey chaos type sounds. By about a minute later it has coalesced into some trippy jamming. Eventually it evolves to the backdrop for the vocals. This is trippy, psychedelia at its best.
What's Really Happening?
In some ways this is the most straight-ahead rocking thing here. There are even hints of punk rock, but it’s overall hard edged prog. That said, there are some really trippy sections of psychedelic space music, too. This is a cool piece and a nice change.
Inside the Fairy Ring
The epic of the set (and also the only instrumental), this makes up more than the last fifteen minutes of the album. It starts with a percussion heavy movement with some weird space built over the top of it. It grows out from there in some really cool ways, very slowly building upward. After working through in fairly free-form, percussion heavy instrumental modes for about the first four minutes, a more rocking element is seriously hinted at. The drums keep pounding away in seeming crazed abandon, and the piece doesn’t really wind up gelling into a more straight rock arrangement. Instead it keeps evolving in freeform way. Around the seven minute mark more space music type sound emerges. More psychedelic space music drives it as it continues to evolve. Comparisons to early Pink Floyd would definitely be in order. As it continues to grow and change from there, it still remains tied to that early Floyd sort of sound. This is definitely a trippy piece with a lot of intriguing sections.
 
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