vrijdag 1 juli 2016

Hawkwind – The Machine Stops

Hawkwind – The Machine Stops
Cherry Red – 2016
Rock, Psych, Space
Rated: ***

Radical space rock and trippy goodness. The British psychedelic outfit Hawkwind has been around for almost fifty years. Ye gods, fifty years. That’s a damn long time and even though the line-up has changed a lot in the span of those eras, they still retain their very own kind of vibe. Thanks to Dave Brock, the master of ceremonies still standing tall among all the new members. The founder, guitarist, vocalist and songsmith can still deliver those tracks best heard toking on a pipe, chewing for hours on dried mushrooms or after swallowing some acid. We must confess that the truly memorable trips seem to be in the past. As they always are, right? But on the new record The Machine Stops they definitely do try to revisit the old psychedelic whirlwinds. Inspired by the short story with the same title written by EM Forster from 1928, where the population have only been able to survive underground, by the grace of the infernal machine. But what if it stops? Well, the story delivers the lyrics and the music is definite ominous in some places, but for the most part, we can simply just sit back and enjoy the ride and hope the machine never stops…

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