Review by Rick Eaglestone for MPM
Instrumental intergalactic travellers Ozric Tentacles return with 6 new tracks constructed in their very own blue bubble for new album Lotus Unfolding
Opening track Storm in a Teacup is wonderfully familiar of which I feel that I am transported back to the groups Jurassic Shift era with soundscapes incredibly reminiscent of when I discovered them in my teenage years back in the mid 90’s.
it’s one of the albums longest tracks but is so varied and well-structured that the entrancing waves feel that no real time has passed.
The first time I listened to this album was in the stillness of the night in complete darkness and because of this became engulfed in follow up track Deep Blue Shade
Halfway point of the album opens up for the albums title track Lotus Unfolding which is deeply hypnotic and easily my highlight track of the release it has a real calming presence with prominent bass and swirling solo’s which is then complimented by the albums longest track the majestic near 10-minute chaotic nature of Crumplepenny
The albums final duo really hone in on the quintessential essence of Ozric Tentacles journey through planes of melodies and musicianship Green Incantation is a wonderful blend of experience and experimentation with the album final venture Burundi Spaceport end this particular chapter with an air of hypnotic serenity sprinkled with just a dash of showmanship and artistic flair.
Ed Wynne comments:
The concept is, as usually wide & open to interpretation but basically is a sonically illustrated excursion through some of the musical realms we found ourselves in this time around.
Designed to elevate and delight the senses, should that be required, because if the day feels like an unfolding lotus, it’s probably going to be a good one!
A rather splendid astral journey via the aural senses.
“Lotus Unfolding” track-listing:
- Storm in a Teacup
- Deep Blue Shade
- Lotus Unfolding
- Green Incarnation
- Burundi Spaceport
Ed Wynne: Guitars / Keyboards
Silas Wynne: Keyboards
Brandi Wynne: Bass
Tim Wallander: Drums
Saskia Maxwell: Flutes