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Snoozy Moon

Said the Squirrel

Review by Gary Hill

Like with their previous release, I'm perhaps stretching the boundaries to include this under progressive rock. I think that's a worthy cause, though. I mean, psychedelia really was the fertile ground from which progressive rock sprang. It's sense of "anything goes" was at the core of prog to a large degree. Add in the fact that while this is spacey psychedelia, it also has a lot of space rock in the mix. There are bits that are definitely prog, too. All in all, I think this can be seen to fit under progressive rock. This album is a trippy, fuzz-soaked journey into spacey realms. It's also quite intriguing and remains classy throughout.

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Track by Track Review
certainly impossible
The riff that drives this has a crunchy element to it. There is a proggy feel to the way it turns. The vocals are echoey and bring it well into psychedelic territory. This gets into some definite trippy space rock meets psychedelic sounds later. It resolves back out into the song proper after that section. They fire it up with an intensified jam built around the main musical concept. That section does a great job of merging space rock, stoner rock and psychedelia.
shadow hippies
The stoner metal vibe drives this at the start. As the other instruments join, it twists toward prog rock via an almost fusion meets psychedelic thing. It gets into some jam band turned psychedelic territory further down the musical road. There are parts that bring a metal edge, too.
anyone would
Feeling just a bit strange in the way the varying parts merge together (and not in a bad way at all), this is another that combines the psychedelic sounds with a proggy kind of texture in a lot of ways. It's definitely trippy.
if I could
The opening riff on this somehow makes me think of early Iron Maiden a bit. The cut works out from there in fine fashion with a much more artsy kind of thing. This is very well tied to an avant-garde kind of musical movement. There are some killer fuzz-drenched hard edged things here later.
in my own sweet mind
A ten minute long piece, this makes great use of the blending of progressive rock and psychedelic elements. It has some intriguing shifts and changes. I love the almost droning kind of jam that emerges later, and the mellower resolution that follows it. This has some of the most space rock oriented vocals of the disc. Around the eight minute mark it works to a section that makes me think of Black Sabbath a bit.
would you like to be
There isn't a huge change here. This has sort of a freeform prog meets psychedelia vibe to it. It remains thoroughly fuzz drenched and quite trippy. There is a fast paced full-on prog jam later in the piece, though.
over the moon
The slow moving introduction here brings some of that Sabbath vibe, but tempered with an almost space rock thing. Trippy and echoey vocals add to the mix. The extended jam at the end brings some seriously potent space rock kind of stuff to the proceedings.
 
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