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Sunday, 1 January 2017

Ahkmed “The Inland Sea” 2016 Australia Psych Rock,Neo Psych

Ahkmed “The Inland Sea” 2016 Australia Psych Rock,Neo Psych

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For a long time it was quiet around the Australian pioneers in the psychedelic landscapes between Stoner and Postrock, who were so well placed on the musical map of My Sleeping Karma. Now there is finally a new album! The CD is now available. The DLP comes in the hinged cover at the end of July, there is also a limited version in colored vinyl……~ 


Nice, if one finds records for the discussion on the desk, which had already put on the shopping list. In the case of Akhmeds “The Inland Sea” the true explicitly. The band from Melbourne to singer and drummer John-Paul Caligiuri , guitarist Carlo Iacovino and the new bassist Finn Rockwell I was already with her then Album Distance remained positive memories. Both discs are the way the port of Stefan Kogleks Label Elektrohasch. 

A fuzzy, cracking scratching guitar refrain sets the first tempo of charged accent, instantly circling into an endless loop with hypnotic suction. And then a break, a dive of psychedelically worn string length through a prism of discreet shades, meditative and circulating in a constantly increasing whirl of an ever-expanding fuzz. “Kaleidoscope”, the first of five epic sprawling works between postrock branded Mogwai , a little Stoner rumble and lots of psychedelic. The three gentlemen from the Fifth Continent, with their classical guitar-bass drums, create a unique and unique atmosphere between meditation and waves of intense intensity. 

In the second song, “The Inland Sea” we find genetically stylistic kinship with the great Nordbayern of My Sleeping Karma . These seemingly endless reflections of a theme; The lull, the sliding away and the spirit on the leash - and then in the middle there is suddenly on the cap. MSK make the same way. But Ahkmeds theme song leaves this path after a while and will soon find themselves in a spacey drift again, in which the protagonists live relish their irresistible psyche-rock. The escalating excesses of Dave Schmidt join me comparatively to mind. The cover sketches the mood of the songs, which is dedicated to a particular photo. The picture for “The Inland Sea” shows a recording, on which the visualized elements of the sea, the shore and the horizon merge in an almost unreal light, a wonderful metaphor on the music. 

And then a completely surprising moment when “The Hour Of Light” awakens in me an old, almost forgotten pearl of very special music. Were the eighties for me basically rather no source of musical inspiration, a time that Sigmund Freud probably the latent phase of rock music would have called, so there were then a small, largely remained unknown indie band called Felt that I necessarily times in the status Time travel article. Whether the guys from Ahkmed probably Felt know? Hypnotic, slightly melancholic guitar themes, also repetitive to the excess, a slightly oblique, distant singing somewhere in the background of the sound spectrum. That was what it sounded in the eighties. But where Felt stopped because sets Ahkmed beginning. At some point the turbo is ignited, the bass starts to grow and the intensity of the guitar is controlled to full throttle. Four- and six-string, whose tones dissolve on a carpet of repeating riffs in a single crescendo, and sweep you like a tsunami. Let yourself be on this flood and you are swept away in a surging cosmos of liberating energy and strength. “Lord, here comes the flood” - has Peter Gabriel then sung, but entirely different meaning. Here it is positive, enlightening, and somehow almost spiritual. 

And now it’s off again, as a psychedelic guitar researches leisurely in the endless distances between time and space. “ UFO 2 ” and this unforgettable Spacerock have once touched it, Ahkmed bring it to completion. 

The only problem with the matter is that you have to bring in a lot of concentration and dedication to let you in on the whole distance of the CD on this trip. Five meandering, hypnotically groovy excursions should be divided, perhaps, into two or three mental journeys, which perhaps better serve the individual, in itself great compositions? You can get beer from time to time. But in the end it’s like in the ancient debate about Kubrick’s “2001”. Stoic strings of action, archaic monotonous camera settings, full inspiration and overwhelming visual language - is that at “2001” at the end deeply captivating or yet long-winded? 

Fans have a clear answer. The of Ahkmed certainly. If you are looking for hypnotic rock music and psychedelic long hikes, the “Inland Sea” is best served…..by Michael Breuer……. ~


Everything in me makes me start by saying that Ahkmed is one of the great bands of my life. I met them sometime in 2009 - at the launch of the magnificent debut album ‘Distance’ - and since this power-trio Australian, born in the great city of Melbourne , became the bands for me most requested. Back to Ahkmed always had in me a tremendously engaging effect that led me to experience an intense, ethereal and enduring state of wonderment. After released 'Distance’ the band fell asleep in a deep coma for seven years, only now discontinued with the release of long - awaited and longed 'The Inland Sea’ (by the hand of German label Elektrohasch Records ). 
I did not need to listen to a single theme from the new album to rush me to get it. Ahkmed is of the few bands in which deposit full confidence and this new album not only fostered this sacred complicity, as overcame all the loftiest expectations dedicated to him. 'The Inland Sea’ is a perfect odyssey that takes us by the spatial infinity, keeping us relaxed, anesthetized and out of consciousness orbit. A disc that propels us to the furthest and remotest places of the drugged Cosmos leaving behind the body completely inanimate. Based in lysergic Psych Rock stellar nature combined with a traveler Space Rock and a narrative Post Rock in perfect harmony, this 'The Inland Sea’ is the musical enchantment in state. It is truly intoxicating and seductive allow ourselves to be lead by the fascinating, redemptive and tantalizing sounding Ahkmed and gravitate perpetual and resplendent state ecstasy. Listening to him shaded and embraced by an immense starry sky is one of the most incredible experiences that music has provided. Divaguem the delirious and yawning sound of a cold, wandering guitar crossing the firmament of 'The Inland Sea’ with astounding sensitivity, inhale the dancing and babbling exhalation a hypnotic bass that wanders sumptuously by sidéricas soundscapes Ahkmed if baloicem, With the enraged incursions of a battery driven seductively, and let lead by a voice distempered, distilled from the farthest pores of the Universe, in this admirable spiritual ascent. It is too easy to allow ourselves to be fading in this ataráxica s the turing over the pleasurable 71 minutes long. If Recostem-close your eyes dilate the nostrils and commune all this stellar tanning propagated by intoxicating 'The Inland Sea’ . One of the most serious candidates for best 2016 disk is here, the highly anticipated return of Ahkmed ….El Coyote….. ~




Line up Ahkmed: 

John-Paul Caligiuri (drums, vocals) 
Carlo Iacovino (guitar) 
Finn Rockwell (bass)



Tracklist 

“The Inland Sea”: 
Kaleidoscope 
The Inland Sea 
Last Hour Of Light 
Pattern Of Atolls 

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