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Bröselmaschine

Indian Camel

Review by Gary Hill

I really like this album a lot. It's obviously not pure progressive rock, but there are a number of pieces that definitely qualify. Every song here either has some progressive rock tendencies or some psychedelic ones. There is a nice mix of instrumentals and vocal based songs. The vocals (Liz Blue) are powerful and just so classy. I suppose you could say that about this whole set, really.

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Track by Track Review
I Was Angry

They bring this in with a seriously hard rocking sound. It's definitely tinged with psychedelic rock and feels a bit like a proggier Jimi Hendrix before the vocals join. When they come in it takes on a bit of a bluesy rocking sound. Still, the shifts and breaks are full on prog rock. The instrumental section does a great job of combining a killer psychedelic rock movement with prog and jazz elements.

Fall into the Sky

The mix of jazz and proggy rock music on this is just so cool. It's not a fiery a cut as the opener was, but it's packed full of emotion and musical magic. There is a shift to a soaring prog rock movement that makes a big part of this tune, too. The jazzy piano solo based section is all class.

Peace of Heaven

This instrumental has healthy helpings of jazz and psychedelia built into it. It's quite a pretty number that really is peaceful and heaven-like.

Don't Cross My Way

The jam that starts this has a lot of Southern rock and bluesy grind built into it. It's not far removed from something like Little Feat. More pure proggy elements are heard at times, but in a lot of ways this is more straight-ahead hard rocking number of the set. The slide guitar solo definitely adds to that blues rock vibe.

Indian Camel

Spanish guitar opens this, the epic of the disc. Some percussion joins along with some other dramatic icing on the cake as this moves forward. It starts to take on some Middle-Eastern elements as it evolves. It has some space rock sound built into the mix at this point, but also feels psychedelic. It continues to drive forward and upward, but in a very gradual, organic way. This instrumental is over 12 minutes long. It does such a great job of merging progressive rock, world music and psychedelia into a mesmerizing musical journey. It makes sense that this is the title track because it's such a powerful piece of music.

Stacey

Folk music, jazz and rock all seem to merge this number. It's a fairly mainstream cut. It definitely makes me think of some of the folk prog that came from acts like The Strawbs. Some of the more rocking movements have some glam rock built into them.

Children of the Revolution

Psychedelia, hard rock and prog all merge on this number. It's a catchy and rocking thing that's another standout of the set. I really like it a lot. At less than three minutes in length, it's one of the shortest pieces here.

Daydreaming

Intricate acoustic opens this and holds it as the piece works forward. Some bluegrass styled stuff that reminds me of some David Gilmour's work in early Pink Floyd emerges later. As it works out from there, it shifts back to the earlier section, but with more layers of sound over the top. That section again makes me think of Pink Floyd a bit. The bluegrass based section comes back further down the musical road. All in all, this instrumental does feel like daydreaming and also does a great job of closing the set in style.

 
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