donderdag 27 april 2017

Samsara Blues Experiment – One With The Universe

Samsara Blues Experiment – One With The Universe
Electric Magic – 2017
Rock, Space, Psych, Jam, Stoner
Rated: ****

Samsara Blues Experiment, a band we have seen live many times. Every one of those occasions edge upon my memory as something wonderful and full of bliss. They are masters of transporting the listener to another dimension. And we have been lucky enough to travel with them on many occasion. They also manage that same feat with their albums. And we were shocked when we noticed we never actually gave them the attention they definitely deserve. Sure, their Waiting For The Flood album from 2013 made it to the Number 10 position of the Stoner HiVe Top 20 Countdown of that year; thanks to the many voters out there. But where are the mentions about Revelation & Mystery or Long Distance Trip for instance? We deeply apologize to the band and beg for their forgiveness. On the other hand, what lies before us now, is even better than those earlier two releases. The new record, One With The Universe, is the result of endless hours of jamming, jamming and jamming after bassist Richard Behrens left the group. The three of them had to find out where it would lead them and what the new chemistry would be. Well, they’ve gone psycho on the use of analog synths, keyboards and wild effect, while still retaining focus on the fact that even those everything is jam-based, a song has to be written, an adventure has to be taken and a journey has to reach its goal. And you will feel this during the course of every track. Which seem less worldly, a bit heavier and heftier in every aspect, yet every bit as spiritual as their earlier releases. One With The Universe is yet another Samsara exploration one has to join in on. It has the markings of a true quest, the search of something pure and honest.

(Written by JK)

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