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Elder

The Gold & Silver Sessions (blue and bone vinyl)

Review by Gary Hill

I love this release. First, the music here is just so cool. This is an instrumental album that works along the lines of psychedelia, space rock and more. The record, though, is stunning. In fact, this is such a classy release that it earned one of our Youtube bonus videos.

You can see that bonus video right here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CfHQtimC6Tk

 

This review is available in book (paperback and hardcover) form in Music Street Journal: 2022  Volume 5. More information and purchase links can be found at: garyhillauthor.com/Music-Street-Journal-2022.

Track by Track Review
Side A
                  
Illusory Motion

This rises up gradually with some serious psychedelic angles, Although this grows organically for a time, after a while it twists into some cool fusion-like zones, and the bass really drives in some great lines of sound. The track eventually evolves from there out to something that has space rock and jam band sound merged together in style. It gets harder rocking as it continues, and those space rock elements are really intensified.

Im Morgengrauen
Cool tuned percussion like sounds that have an echoey texture (I think it's actually electric piano, but that is tuned percussion) start this. The cut grows outward with an almost early Pink Floyd kind of groove. The cut evolves into more of a space rock kind of sound eventually, getting fairly intense along the road before eventually fading down to sound effects and some chiming bells to seemingly end. Ambient music takes over instead, though, closing the track and the side of the record.
Side B
 
Wei├čensee

An epic piece, this takes up all of the second side of the record. It comes in with some sounds that make me think of Synergy. That eventually works into some rather driving space rock jamming. This cut continues into some definite space rock zones later. I can make out more of that early Pink Floyd sound, too. Eventually it works downward and then a keyboard section takes over for a time. That gives way to a hard rocking, almost Rush-like jam. That section really covers some cool territory with some smoking hot instrumental work built into it. It winds up to a really intense closing that almost rises to metal zones.

 
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