Exposé Online banner

Various Artists — Floralia Vol. 3
(Mizmaze WoT4CD99003, 1999, CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 2002-09-01

Floralia Vol. 3 Cover art

This is quite a mixed bag of generally psychedelic bands from all around the world. It starts off with Cosmic Gardeners doing a nice sitar-accented tune and borderline irritating vocals. A track by Amp is really annoying, with tuneless singing and droning distortion. Hungary’s Korai Öröm bumps up the quality level considerably with “Welcome to the Hippie Future,” with some great drumming and spacey effects. Australian Tom Kazas (formerly of The Moffs) offers up a well-written neo-psych-pop gem that suffers from tinny production. Ohm comes from the more electronic side; In the Labyrinth contributes a lovely Indian-inflected piece that builds slowly over five minutes. Smoking the Century Away provides a scattered and amorphous pieces with lots of squonking from bass clarinet. “Joni’s Sweet Echo” by This Fluid from Greece is a diverting piece based on a groove reminiscent of Peter Gabriel’s Security. Acid Mothers Temple and the Melting Paraiso UFO sound even sillier than their name and are best avoided, as are Le Forbici di Maintú and Ectogram. Tombstone Valentine is a little better, though “The Web” is a little too long and could use some percussion to provide a little energy. Mexican-born electronic and vocal experimentalist Alquimia finishes the collection off with an interesting (if slightly New Agey) work for percussion, keyboards, and voice.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 25, 1999 releases

Related artist(s): Acid Mothers Temple, Alquimia, Tombstone Valentine, In the Labyrinth, Makoto Kawabata

Latest news

2018-06-05
Koenjihyakkei Seeks Funding for New Album – It's been quite a few years since the last new studio album by the amazing Koenjihyakkei. Now they are preparing Dhormimviskha for worldwide release, and they're asking fans to pre-order via a Kickstarter campaign to help it happen. » Read more

2018-05-14
Glenn Branca RIP – Experimental guitarist and composer Glenn Branca has died at the age of 69. He was known for compositions featuring large ensembles of guitars, and for the use of feedback. He founded his band Theoretical Girls in the mid-70s as an art-punk answer to what he saw as the increasing commercialization of punk music. His compositions were highly influential, with such figures as David Bowie, Thurston Moore, and John Lurie among his fans. » Read more

2018-04-05
OBEY Convention XI Set for May 24-28 in Halifax – As the 2018 festival season rapidly approaches, we’d like you to be aware of a real treasure of diverse and creative music that’s going to take place in Halifax, Nova Scotia, next month. The OBEY Convention is on its 11th outing, and features a wide range of artists from around the world. From avant-industrial noise to experimental takes on Classical Chinese music, from chamber jazz to doom metal, from ambient soundscapes to Canadian First Nations drumming, you’d be hard pressed to find a festival with more variety in sound anywhere in the world. » Read more

2018-04-04
Close to the Rain Festival in Bergen Announces Lineup – Now in its second year, the Close to the Rain Festival of progressive music is scheduled to take place in Bergen, Norway, on June 7 - 9. They've got an amazing slate of bands lined up, including such powerhouses as Anekdoten, Major Parkinson, Arabs in Aspic, Tusmørke, and many more. » Read more

2018-03-01
Seaprog 2018 Artist Announcements Raise Festival's Profile – Seattle's Seaprog festival has been going since 2013, and the 2018 edition features a slate of artists that's sure to bring more attention to the event. Cheer-Accident, Bubblemath, and Free Salamander Exhibit are in the first round announcement of performers. In keeping with their tradition of focusing on regional artists, they will also present a number of artists from Washington and Oregon. [Edit: Just added: Inner Ear Brigade] » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Jan Hammer - The First Seven Days – Ah, for those simpler days, before New Age fossilized into colorless bits of seemingly nutritious but flavor-free soy-based meat substitutes, before anyone realized that there was no place for...  (2005) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues