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Hypnos 69 : The Eclectic Measure



'The Eclectic Measure' is a concept album based on the writings of Carl Jung, dealing with the androgynous being Abraxas, the archetypical seeker. The heavy psych/prog tuneage complements this rather weighty theme nicely, with a wide variety of instruments (glockenspiel, Korg, sax, mellotron, etc. along with the usual suspects) and a varied palette of musical moods. Although the group has been together for over ten years, this is sadly their swansong. Evidently they've been on shaky terrain for the past year or so, but you'd never know it by the quality of this album. I admit that I've not sampled everything in the group's discography, but this is the best of what I've heard so far.

Make no mistake: lovers of screaming sludgecore may want to shop elsewhere. This is a headphone album, chock full of heavy prog inspired by the early 70s greats, washed in a sheen of psychedelics, and polished up with a few jazz moves to create a sophisticated, dynamic, passionate gestalt. 'I and You and Me' begins the album with some trippy medieval chanting, then the disc breaks into overdrive with the title tune, a hard psych pounder with gobs of mellotron. 'Forgotten Souls' is a melodic ballad with lots more mellotron and a clever quote from Genesis' 'Firth of Fifth' added to the mix. 'Ominous (but Fooled Before)' is a minor chord trip fest with jazzy drums, reminiscent of Greg Lake-era King Crimson, while the album closer, 'Deus Ex Machina' is the most overtly 'Floydian song of the lot, a mellow 'Meddle-' type feast that eventually builds into a symphonic peak of gorgeous intensity. What a way to go!

'The Eclectic Measure' was made by intelligent acid heads for the intellectual freak in all of us. If you love King Crimson and Genesis at their peak, and can see your way clear to adding in lesser-known greats like Spring, Lord Flimnap, Rotor, Mammoth Volume, and Dexter Jones Circus Orchestra into the mix, then you'll see what they're getting at, musically speaking. The Elektrohasch label has once again demonstrated, if such was needed, that they've become the flag bearers in the Euro psych underground, a true standard of quality. Turn on. Read up. Freak out!

Reviewer's rating: Unrated

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Tracklist :
1. I and You and Me
2. The Eclectic Measure
3. Forgotten Souls
4. My Ambiguity of Reality
5. The Antagonist
6. Halfway to the Stars
7. I and You and Me (II)
8. Ominous (But Fooled Before)
9. The Point of No Return
10. Deus Ex Machina

Duration : Approx. 48 minutes

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Reviewed on ??-??-???? by Kevin McHugh
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