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More Experience — Electric Laboratory of High Space Experience
(Bandcamp Old Hippie Records, 2021, CD / DL)

by Peter Thelen, Published 2021-12-24

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It’s been a few years since we reviewed this Polish ensemble’s previous three releases. They’ve been around since the late 80s, but didn’t get around to recording their debut From Acid Dreams until 1997. Across their previous recordings they have numbered from as few as one member to the current lineup which numbers six, the one constant being composer and multi-instrumentalist Piotr Dudzikowski (guitars, organ, synthesizers, background vocals, harmonium, cumbus, tanpura, sitar, and field recordings), here joined by drummer Janek Dudzikowski, keyboardist Karol Almert, bassist Marcin Grabowski, singer Anna Sobczak-Choina, and Eryk Paluch on spoken words and hoomej. In case one hasn’t heard this band before, one can surmise from the album title (and previous album titles) that they are all about the psychedelic music experience, from late 60s England (think Pink Floyd for starters) but also some of the more trippy German bands of the early 70s and beyond. On one track in particular, “The Trip,” Paluch’s spoken word introduction “There’s so much to explore in your imagination, you’ll make a trip among the nebulas and stars...” is almost like an experienced seer guiding you along on your first lysergic experience, and indeed that song at close to seven minutes in length won’t let you down. But there are several, including the title track, that approach or clear the nine minute mark, and offer some fantastic jams, wild solos and great vocal passages — the harmonies on the near twelve minute “The Dream” might remind the listener of late-60s Jefferson Airplane — while Sobczak-Choina’s bluesy delivery on “The Mind” over a rocking roadbed is truly powerful, followed by some jammin’ Hammond organ and sitar that will take you right back to that place in time. “Fairy Tale” is introduced by Paluch’s croaky spoken intro followed by some beautiful synth work, followed by another verse where the spoken words seem to be run through a vocoder. There are a few short tracks, including the opener and closer, where they just seem to be the product of field recordings (insects, birds, whatever), but for the most part, Electric Laboratory of High Space Experience contains a rich abundance of high octane psychedelic rock.

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