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Melting Euphoria — She Wants to Take Us over the Edge of the World
(Purple Pyramid CLP 0527-2, 1999, CD)

by Steve Robey, Published 2000-10-01

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Perennial psych favorites Melting Euphoria let it all hang out again on this impressive album. With a fine mix of pure atmosphere and urgent tempos, Melting Euphoria doesn’t beat around the bush: they take the simplest, most direct route to the center of your mind and play around for a while in there. I’m new to this band, so I can’t speak to their other material, but this album works fine for me, if only as a good, solid slab of low-maintenance (i.e. accessible) jammin’ psychedelia. I’m also glad to say that unlike a lot of today’s psych bands, they don’t sound predominantly like any older band in particular. There are shades of Gong, Hawkwind, Amon Düül II, Ozric Tentacles — you know, all the usuals, but only shades. When you get down to it, it’s little more than a trancey guitar-based instrumental album sprinkled with cool synths — but many readers like myself, who like psych but are unimpressed with most modern bands in the genre, will find themselves cranking this one up more than a few times. In sum? They don’t aim too high, but they do hit the spot.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 20, 1999 releases

Related artist(s): Melting Euphoria


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