Album: Ineffable Mysteries From Shpongleland
Genre: Psybient, Downtempo, Ethereal Electronica
There is a very fine parity of convention and artistic expression that must be created to render an electronic composition unique, yet listenable. The artists known as Shpongle do not know of this balance nor do they care, and judging by the quality of their fourth album, neither should we. To prove how much Raja Ram and Simon Posford could care less about convention, the first track on ‘Ineffable’ is the most impressive and naturally flowing 7/8 signature I may have ever heard, never once feeling awkward or forced. The entire album shows astounding detail applied to every factor. Every texture is just as immensely complex as the next, yet never showing signs of insipidity. The percussion, even in moments of intentional tranquility, is always flowing and never giving the listener the instinct of a synthetic performance. Shpongle has transcended the need to be applied into any category. There is nothing else like this album or this artist and it should be experienced by all musical enthusiasts.
A psychotic paradise awaits you in this insane album. There’s more of the traditional mystical instrumental and chanting sounds blended into Simon’s creative array of ambient psychedelia here. Recording is clean and flawless as always, and begs for high-end audio gear for full experience. Music is immersive, full of color and texture, woven with beautiful, profound melodies.
The first two tokes didn’t seem to do anything, but then I took a really big hit…
Funny I didn’t feel it for the first two hits, and then that third hit, definitely hit, whooyee.
– Invisible Man In A Fluorescent Suit