Monday, September 28, 2020
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Artist: Second Culture (@)
Title: Flying Potion
Format: CD
Label: self-released
Rated: *****
Neither roots of mandrakes nor dragon claws inside the flying ointment from the hefty recipe book of Second Culture, a trio from Running Springs, a town on the mountains nearby San Bernardino in California, contrived by Keith McGrew (synthesizers, sequencers, guitars, words), Andy Hutson (vocals, synthesizers, percussion, visuals) and Mark Florin (Chapman Stick, guitar, stomp-box wonderland), as they prefer to draw heavily on psychedelic culture and music. They list instruments, equipment and sources for inspiration in details in the inner part of cd sleeve and as you maybe can surmise they included miliar stones of the so-called enviro-mentalism such as Terence McKenna, Carl Sagan, Cassandra Wilson's "Sankofa" and Inca Shamanism as well as a pattern book of mushrooms, herbs and references to elemental forces, while from the stylistical viewpoint, they propose an interesting crossbreed between structures of shamanic and ritual chants, dub-ambient and space-rock with electronic sonic memes of trance-ambient and even goa-trance. In order to give you an idea of what you're going to listen, you could think about a possible reinterpretation of Ozric Tentacles, Seven That Spells, Farflung or some past bands and musicians from Delerium Records by some sonic alchemist from Ultimae Records with the warm and entrancing vocal guide by the ghost or reincarnation of some guru of psychedelic culture during the mystical path Second Culture try to cobble. I could recommend to toss this sonic mash off and linger on some technical preciosities in order to better appreciate some proper jewels such as "Ancient Astronaut", "Hurricane eyes", "Bardo", "Heart-Centric At The Azure Teleport" and "Super Hero". Put your headphones on and contemplate the eventuality to fly off.


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