The three-piece psychedelic outfit Gurumaniax specializes in spacey, instrumental jams that alternate between uptempo guitar-n-rhythm workouts and slower, dreamier numbers with plenty of echoey special effects thrown in. Opener “Drumoroto” lays down a bed of jittery percussion courtesy of Mani Neumeier; above it throbs layers of bass, while Ax Genrich’s guitar stutters and shimmies. At seven minutes plus, the song is in no particular rush to get anywhere, but the energy displayed keeps things trundling along. The epic “Spaceship Memory” follows, its nearly fourteen minutes buttressed by a range of aural effects that sound better over headphones than, say, driving to Wal-Mart. (Take my word for it.) That’s not to say that the song lacks energy, but it milks its fast+loud/slow+soft dynamic for all it’s worth, and there are definitely valleys mixed in with the peaks. “Ghost of Odin” and “Electrosaurus” are both fairly dirgeful, as is much of the album’s back half; “Voodoo Touch” is livelier, rocking nicely with plenty of six-string noodling and wah-wah mixed in with the electronic bleeps and burps. There are still no comprehensible vocals though, which will put some listeners off.
// Notes from the Road
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