A band that has endured the dips and spikes of the progressive-rock genre since its inception back in 1983, UK-based Ozric Tentacles has the beat on jam-based space-rock via its signature style of execution. With undulating synths, driving pulses and layered sculpting techniques, the quartet almost always bestows a sweeping plane, centered on lucid imagery and might. Ozric's ideology hearkens back to the imaginative persuasions witnessed during the psychedelic era, while keeping pace with modernization from a technical and sound design perspective.
"Lemon Kush" captures the ensemble at its very finest as it tours interstellar space with a sense of commitment. Here, reverberating guitar parts, slithery electronics treatments and a vacillating sound spectrum ride above pulsating rhythms and dreamy synth lines. Brandi Wynne's monstrous bass patterns and Ed Wynne's psycho distortion-laced guitar phrasings contrast classical undercurrents and an illusory perspective, where the instruments deflect and spark light rays across dark vistas while, during the bridge, they transition to a super-speed blitzkrieg, tinted with polytonal effects.
True to form, Paper Monkeys glowingly highlights the band's legendary stage persona, although the album was recorded in a Colorado studio. Indeed, a top-shelf selection nestled within Ozric's voluminous discography.
Personnel: Ed Wynne: guitars, synths, programming; Brandi Wynne: bass and various other stories; Silas Wynne: keyboards, synths, samples; Oliver Seagall: drums, V-drums, percussion.
I grew up listening to my father's Jazz records and listening to radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy
I grew up listening to my father's Jazz records and listening to radio. My dad was a musician for many years as a vocalist, bassist and drummer. His two uncles played in the Symphony of Reggio Calabria back in Italy. So music and jazz specifically have been a part of me since I was born. I love and perform in all styles of music from around the world. Improvisation in jazz is what drew me in, and still does as well as other genres that feature improvisation. A group of great musicians expressing themselves as one is the hallmark of great jazz and in fact all great music.