Exposé Online banner

Causa Sui — Euporie Tide
(Paraiso EPR013, 2013, CD & 2LP)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2013-09-09

Euporie Tide Cover artAs far as vintage sounding psychedelic rock goes, this Danish band is at the top of the heap. Both their eponymous debut and its follow-up Free Ride back in the last decade were immensely promising, but it was the three-disc set Summer Sessions from 2010 that truly delivered on the promise. At hand is the band’s latest offering, a double LP set or a full-length CD, take your pick. As with most of their recent endeavors, this is an all instrumental tour-de-force, dominated by heavy stoner acid-drenched guitars, pounding drums and bass, with occasional gritty organ, one foot firmly in the heavy proto-prog / psych of the late 1960s, and some early 1970s holdovers. Most of the ten cuts here are somewhat lengthy rock jams that drive hard and push the limits, like the opener “Homage,” but they do ease back into some occasional flights of gentle psychedelic bliss from time to time to break things up. “Sota El Cel” and the beautiful “Fichelscher Sun” are both shorter cuts that would have seemed right at home on side 3 of Electric Ladyland. The two closing tracks, “Euporie” and “Eternal Flow,” each around ten minutes in length, and comprising the last side of the 2LP set, taken together start in a heavy rock mode with some gentle paisley touches, and then it drops into a gentle shimmering extension that brims with powerful hallucinogenic dreaminess. Fans of Hendrix, vintage Amon Düül II, Ash Ra Tempel and the instrumental side of the Doors’ extended pieces will find plenty of interest in these grooves.

Filed under: New releases, 2013 releases

Related artist(s): Causa Sui

Latest news

2017-10-18
Phil Miller RIP – Sad word reaches us today of the passing of another of the great musicians of the Canterbury Scene — guitarist Phil Miller. His distinctive sound added greatly to Matching Mole, Hatfield and the North, and National Health, and he also contributed to albums by Caravan, Dave Stewart $amp; Barbara Gaskin, and many others. He was 68. » Read more

2017-10-13
Moonjune to Distribute Tony Levin's Back Catalog – It has been announced that Moonjune will now handle distribution for Tony Levin's catalog of releases. These great albums will now be a bit easier to get hold of, so check out the site and see what you're missing. The veteran of King Crimson and Stick Men worked with a host of great players on these albums, and we've reviewed most of them over the course of the years. » Read more

2017-09-26
Bandcamp Shines Light on Niches We Like – Bandcamp has developed into one of the best places to discover new music, and even a lot of old music is showing up there. In addition, their staff has been producing periodic articles spotlighting some interesting stylistic areas. On 20 September, they published one called "The New Face of Prog Rock" which bears checking out. » Read more

2017-09-06
Holger Czukay RIP – Holger Czukay, a musical experimentalist without boundaries who has been involved with expanding the sound palette of rock music since the late 60s, has died at the age of 79. After studying with Karlheinz Stockhausen in the early 60s, he became fascinated with the possibilities of rock music, and was a co-founder of the pioneering group Can. He leaves behind an impressive body of work both as musician and producer. » Read more

2017-08-22
John Abercrombie RIP – Another of the greats of jazz guitar has left us. John Abercrombie plied his way through a beautiful series of albums on the ECM label as well as bringing his talent to bear on albums by many of jazz's greatest artists. From his early work in the group Dreams to Gateway and outstanding work with Billy Cobham, Jack DeJohnette, Kenny Wheeler, and many more to his own trios and quartets, he brought a unique instrumental voice to the world. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Ain Soph - A Story of Mysterious Forest – Breathtaking instrumental progressive from Japan. From the really short, Mahavishnu-type fusion rifferama of "Crossfire" which opens the album, you know you're in for an enjoyable ride....  (1994) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues