Saturday, 19 November 2016

Sendelica “The Cromlech Chronicles” 2016 Welsh Space Psych Rock



Sendelica  “The Cromlech Chronicles” 2016 only 250 copies pressed  Welsh Space Psych Rock

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As part of their warm-up for last year's '13th Dream' festival, Sendelica went into a small studio in deepest, darkest Wales to record a new album for FdM. 
The Mwnci Studio (promounced 'Monkey') is a short walk from a cromlech (an ancient megalithic monument dating back over 3000 years) that features on the gatefold sleeve. 
Played live, with the minimum of overdubs, the album showcases the band's extended instrumental side - including the side-long 'Cromlech Suite' - all-new songs except for an excerpt from the Flower Travellin' Band's second album, 'Satori' (it's about time we had some Japanese prog on the label, I think). 
Sendelica really are in a league of their own when it comes to spacerock, and 'The Cromlech Chronicles' is a terrific example of the band at their best 
The album is pressed on heavyweight purple vinyl, with a fold-out poster of the cromlech included in all copies....~ 

Welsh band SENDELICA has been a highly productive entity ever since they appeared on the scene a decade ago or thereabouts. They appear to have risen in stature and popularity in recent years, and a direct consequence of that is that the band have also hit one of their most productive phases in terms of album releases. “The Cromlich Chronicles” was released as a digital and CD production through the band’s own label FRG Records in the late spring of 2016, with various vinyl versions released at the same time by UK label Fruits de Mer Records. The latter was, I understand, more or less sold out prior to the official release of this production.
A key reason for a band expanding their scope, reach and popularity will often be that they simply create music that appeals to a broader audience, and that appears to be very much the case for Sendelica these days. I have followed the band for a good few years by now, by way of being sent promo copies of their albums, and personally I think that they are at a creative peak these days in quality even more than quantity. They have found their shape, form and sound, and are comfortably exploring all facets of their repertoire in a compelling and frequently hypnotizing manner.
On this album we’re presented to quite a few different sides of the band. The opening, epic length piece, The Cromlech Suite, a more than 20 minutes long journey that opens up as a gliding, elegant affair with careful keyboard textures and dampened ongoing sax soloing, initially accompanied by elegant plucked guitar details and then slowly increasing in pace and intensity, reaching a Hawkwind style bass driven, riff underscored peak, then returning to a second run through more or less the same pathways but now along a different melodic scope. Steady drums and a firm bass the core foundation and driving features throughout.
The B-side of the album has been assembled in a suite on my promo, clocking in at 20 minutes, but it really is three different songs tied together. An initial venture into vintage era heavy psychedelic rock with slight traces of both Hawkwind and, unless I’m much mistaken, trace elements of Black Sabbath here and there too, with a beefy organ also making a solid appearance on this one. The second part is a calmer, mellow affair, kind of like a 70’s era psychedelic rock band teaming up with ELO in terms of certain atmospheric elements. And then we’re taken on a dark, 10 minute ride at the very end, with twisted guitars and keyboards, booming bass, heavy set drums, some sax details here and there as well unless I’m much mistaken, but a journey first and foremost dominated by the otherworldly sounds from Cyndee Lee Rule’s electric violin. The combination of those exotic sounds and the much darker, ongoing backdrop resulting in a magnificent piece of music with one of the more hypnotic ongoing basic themes I have come across in some time.
Those with a passion for instrumental psychedelic rock with distinct space rock orientations can do a lot worse for themselves than seeking out this album. Those with a strong fascination for these type of bands mainly adhering to a vintage-oriented general sound that at times can remind of early Hawkwind will most likely be something of a key audience, alongside those who find the music of this nature to be of general interest……..BY OLAV MARTIN BJØRNSEN…..
As part of their warm-up for last year’s '13th Dream’ festival, Sendelica went into a small studio in deepest, darkest Wales to record a new album for FdM.
The Mwnci Studio (promounced 'Monkey’) is a short walk from a cromlech (an ancient megalithic monument dating back over 3000 years) that features on the gatefold sleeve.
Played live, with the minimum of overdubs, the album showcases the band’s extended instrumental side - including the side-long 'Cromlech Suite’ - all-new songs except for an excerpt from the Flower Travellin’ Band’s second album, 'Satori’ (it’s about time we had some Japanese prog on the label, I think).
Sendelica really are in a league of their own when it comes to spacerock, and 'The Cromlech Chronicles’ is a terrific example of the band at their best
The album is pressed on heavyweight purple vinyl, with a fold-out poster of the cromlech included in all copies…
as part of their warm-up for 2015’s '13th dream’ festival, sendelica went into a small studio in deepest, darkest wales to record a new album for fruits de mer.
the mwnci studio (promounced 'monkey’) is a short walk from a cromlech (an ancient megalithic monument dating back over 3000 years) that features on the gatefold sleeve. played live, with the minimum of overdubs, the album showcases the band’s extended instrumental side - including the side-long 'cromlech suite’ with all-new songs except for an excerpt from the flower travellin’ band’s second album, 'satori’. sendelica really are in a league of their own when it comes to spacerock, and 'the cromlech chronicles’ is a terrific example of the band at their best....~
The Welsh band, Sendelica, is probably the most prolific band in the entire UK, are back with another new record. This one was performed most live in the studio last summer after the 13th Dream of Dr. Sardonicus Festival in Wales near Cromlech. Side A is one long 23min track. It is a slow and spacey build with a really wide open sound production, like it was recorded in a church hall or something with the instruments feeling like they are spread all over the room. Pretty cool. Around the 10min mark, the guitar begins to get a bit more heavy as the tension has built after a long saxophone solo. The band brings it down again after about 3mins though but it is more rocking and heavy for most of the end part. A lovely jam this one is. Nice melodies, floating sounds.. The left side is the sax and the right the guitar. 

Side B starts off with Satori Part 1 by Flower Travellin’ Band! Wow.. I love the original album and quite cool to hear a new take. They replace his voice with a saxophone so it is not quite so intense. Vellichor changes the mood completely and sort of freaked me out as it is a piano driven nearly pop instrumental. The last track, Zenosyne is a really cool spacey track with a heavy vibe and some intense sax playing layered between the synths and heavy bass lines. Another fucking great record… Cool Welsh band…..by Scott aka. Dr. Space......~ 

Welsh band SENDELICA has been a highly productive entity ever since they appeared on the scene a decade ago or thereabouts. They appear to have risen in stature and popularity in recent years, and a direct consequence of that is that the band have also hit one of their most productive phases in terms of album releases. "The Cromlich Chronicles" was released as a digital and CD production through the band's own label FRG Records in the late spring of 2016, with various vinyl versions released at the same time by UK label Fruits de Mer Records. The latter was, I understand, more or less sold out prior to the official release of this production. 
A key reason for a band expanding their scope, reach and popularity will often be that they simply create music that appeals to a broader audience, and that appears to be very much the case for Sendelica these days. I have followed the band for a good few years by now, by way of being sent promo copies of their albums, and personally I think that they are at a creative peak these days in quality even more than quantity. They have found their shape, form and sound, and are comfortably exploring all facets of their repertoire in a compelling and frequently hypnotizing manner. 

On this album we're presented to quite a few different sides of the band. The opening, epic length piece, The Cromlech Suite, a more than 20 minutes long journey that opens up as a gliding, elegant affair with careful keyboard textures and dampened ongoing sax soloing, initially accompanied by elegant plucked guitar details and then slowly increasing in pace and intensity, reaching a Hawkwind style bass driven, riff underscored peak, then returning to a second run through more or less the same pathways but now along a different melodic scope. Steady drums and a firm bass the core foundation and driving features throughout. 

The B-side of the album has been assembled in a suite on my promo, clocking in at 20 minutes, but it really is three different songs tied together. An initial venture into vintage era heavy psychedelic rock with slight traces of both Hawkwind and, unless I'm much mistaken, trace elements of Black Sabbath here and there too, with a beefy organ also making a solid appearance on this one. The second part is a calmer, mellow affair, kind of like a 70's era psychedelic rock band teaming up with ELO in terms of certain atmospheric elements. And then we're taken on a dark, 10 minute ride at the very end, with twisted guitars and keyboards, booming bass, heavy set drums, some sax details here and there as well unless I'm much mistaken, but a journey first and foremost dominated by the otherworldly sounds from Cyndee Lee Rule's electric violin. The combination of those exotic sounds and the much darker, ongoing backdrop resulting in a magnificent piece of music with one of the more hypnotic ongoing basic themes I have come across in some time. 

Those with a passion for instrumental psychedelic rock with distinct space rock orientations can do a lot worse for themselves than seeking out this album. Those with a strong fascination for these type of bands mainly adhering to a vintage-oriented general sound that at times can remind of early Hawkwind will most likely be something of a key audience, alongside those who find the music of this nature to be of general interest.....by Windhawk .....~ 




Credits 

Bass – Glenda Pescado 
Drums – Meurig Griffiths 
Guitar, Electronics, Engineer, Mixed By – Pete Bingham* 
Keyboards, Theremin – Lord Sealand* 
Piano – Roger Morgan (4) (tracks: B2) 
Saxophone – Lee Relfe 
Violin – Cyndee Lee Rule (tracks: B3) 
Voice – Nemesis (73) (tracks: A-i)

Tracklist 
The Cromlech Suite (23:12) 
A-i August 3rd 2015: The Alignment
A-ii Obscured
A-iii The Return Of The Elohim
A-iv Masters Of The Universe: The Space Goats
B1 Satori Pt.1 4:56 
B2 Vellichor 5:39 
B3 Zenosyne 9:38 



Discography 

Albums

2007 Spaceman Bubblegum and Other Weird Tales From the Mercury Mind Sendelica
2009 The Girl From the Future Who Lit Up the Sky With Golden Worlds Sendelica
2010 Streamedelica: She Sighed as She Hit Rewind on the Dream Mangler Remoe Sendelica
2011 The Pavilion of Magic and the Trials of the Seven Surviving Elohim Sendelica
2012 The Satori in Elegance of the Majestic Stonegazer Sendelica
2013 The Kaleidoscopic Kat and It’s Autoscopic Ego Sendelica
2013 Strange Fish One Craig Padilla / Sendelica
2014 The Germanic Tapes Sendelica & Special Guest Schrödinger’s Cat
2014 Live at Crabstock: The Fruits the Mer Records Festival of Psychedelia Sendelica
2014 Anima mundi Sendelica
2015 Psychedelic Battles - Volume One Sendelica vs Da Captain Trips
2016 I’ll Walk With the Stars for You Sendelica
2016 The Cromlech Chronicles Sendelica
2016 Entering the Rainbow Light Sendelica
2017 Lilacs Out of the Deadlands Sendelica
2017 Cromlech Chronicles II Sendelica
2018 My House Is Made of Angel Hair Sendelica
2018 Cromlech Chronicles III Sendelica

Album + Compilation
Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2010 The Mellow Mushroom Cosmic Cow Sendelica
2014 The Fabled Voyages of the Sendelicans Sendelica

Album + Live
Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2011 Strangers in a Strange Land Sendelica
2012 Live at Kozfest July 2012 Sendelica
2015 Live From the 7th Psychedelic Network Festival 2014 Sendelica
2016 Immerhin Sendelica
2017 Live in Berlin 2017 Sendelica

EP
Year Title Artist Rating Releases
2010 Screaming and Streaming into the Starlit Nite Sendelica
2018 Disco Daze EP Sendelica 




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Sendelica “The Pavillion of Magic and the Trials of the Seven Surviving Elohim "2011 UK Psych Space Rock 
https://johnkatsmc5.blogspot.com/2018/06/sendelica-pavillion-of-magic-and-trials.html
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Sendelica “The Satori In Elegance Of The Majestic Stonegazer” 2012 UK Psych Space Rock 
https://johnkatsmc5.blogspot.com/2018/06/sendelica-satori-in-elegance-of.html


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Sendelica "Lilacs Out Of The Deadlands" 2017 UK Psych Space Rock 
https://johnkatsmc5.blogspot.com/2017/11/sendelica-lilacs-out-of-deadlands-2017.html


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Sendelica “Live At Crabstock Wales” 2014 Welsh Psych Rock 

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