Saturday, 16 June 2018

Sendelica “The Satori In Elegance Of The Majestic Stonegazer” 2012 UK Psych Space Rock


Sendelica “The Satori In Elegance Of The Majestic Stonegazer” 2012 UK Psych Space Rock
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Welsh outfit SENDELICA have been around since 2005, releasing a score of EPs and albums on various labels around the globe. “The Satori in Elegance of the Majestic Stonegazer” is their most recent production at the time of writing, and was issued on their own label FRG Records in the summer of 2012. 

In terms of musical direction this is a band that fits rather smugly into being described as an instrumental psychedelic rock band on this occasion. Space rock fans will encounter infrequent futuristic effects enough to warrant an interest also from this crowd, but the heart and soul of this endeavour is a psychedelic one as I experience it. Improvisational in expression to, all cuts on this disc comes across as the result and part of jam sessions rather than premade compositions performed in a recording studio. The reality may or may not be different, but the music does come with strong associations towards this type of music. 

As is rather common for such excursions, the bass guitar and drums appears to set the foundation for the musical journeys, the former mostly limited to provide a circulating base motif the non-rhythmical instruments can improvise upon, the latter more important in terms of shifts in pace and intensity. In this case this last aspect isn’t a feature that defines this album I might add, as Sendelica appears to be a band that hone in on hypnotic repetition rather than more or less organically evolving sonic and cosmic journeys. 

There are a number of bands out there exploring similar general grounds as Sendelica do on this album, and what separates Sendelica from the rest is that these guys have opted to go back in time for inspiration. Psych drenched arguably primitive sounding guitar riffs and soloing is at the heart of the proceedings. Primitive as in with an early 70’s sound more than in tone and expression as such, but also with a fair few distinctly distorted, rough textures utilized throughout. And when not delivering psych-drenched darker toned riffs or improvised solo runs, there’s also room for gentler, light toned reverberating displays void of any distortion whatsoever, and initially it’s when the band explores these fragile vibes I found them most interesting this time around. Aetherland the first of these pieces, which is also among the stronger tracks on this disc as I regard it. 

Four-part epic Satori in Elegance does have it’s moments too I might add, but the clear highlight for me comes with Preseli Daze. On this piece keyboards and effects are ditched to find place for the saxophone instead, and the manner in which the sax and guitar complement each other and trade roles on this number adds life and vibrancy to this effort that does elevate it a bit above the others, at least as my mind decodes this type of music. Final piece The Majestic Stonegazer is another fine effort worth mentioning, a slight exception in style with it’s dark, massive guitar riffs chugging on top of march inspired rhythms and a distinct drone-like, fuzzy edge, the repetitive scope of this piece a successful one as far as hypnotic effect is concerned. 

Sendelica isn’t a band I think will find a huge audience eagerly awaiting their exploits on the basis of this CD at least. But those with a soft spot for retro-oriented, improvised psychedelic rock of the instrumental variety should take the time to seek out this production for a psych-drenched journey back in time. Especially those amongst them with a soft spot for guitar dominated material with something of an emphasis on the use of repetitive mannerisms utilized for hypnotic effect…..by….Windhawk ….~


This Psychedelic-Prog-Space-Stoner-Ambient-Dub-Dark Folk-Experimental band from Cardigan, West Wales, UK just keeps on surprising us, awesomely Good! Along with the Usual Suspects - Pete Bingham (Guitar, Electronics), Glenda Pescado (Bass), Paul Fields (Drums) – there are few guests on the studio to help Sendelica to fulfil their vision. Colin Consterdine (Keyboards, Programming), Lee Relfe (Sax), Virginia Tate (Flute, Guitar), Roger Morgan (Keyboards), Iain Hawk Khan (Monster Electric Fusion Sitar), Oli Davidson Howell (Drums). Their new album is a prog-space jam experiment that is divided into 8 tracks. The opening track “Magical Ninin” is a long instrumental jam, guitar driven and quite heavy with pinches of pure early 70s acid sound, a progressive stoner number! “Aetheraland” it’s an ethereal atmospheric track with peaceful female vocals and a great use of flute, relax your Mind and your Soul will follow. Next follows the “Satori” tetralogy. Through the 4 parts, the band is searching for ‘enlightenment’ in Buddha’s front yard. Part I is a moody relaxing cosmic piece with occasional sax sound and a few ‘mockingbirds’ around the studio. Part II is heavier, it seems that somebody put the plug back in! Loads of feedback through a steady rhythm and an awesome swirling guitar sound. Part III is a 15min ambient-like spacey atmospheric jam, the rhythm is built upon a gentle bass sound, the whole number reminds one of Pink Floyd circa “Animals”. Part IV follows the same motive as Part I, the only difference is that this time hummingbirds are in the studio. Next comes “Preseli Daze”, another long improvisational adventurous space jam. Seems somebody opened the bottle of acid and spread it all over the place. Experimentally flavoured Sax sounds once again. I’ve been Dazed… but NOT Confused! Album closes with “The Majestic Stonegazer” and the title describes it best. An acid, lysergic stoned-gazer! It’s still June, but this is One of the Best Albums of 2012! Come along if you dare! Take a ride to the land inside your mind! TimeLord Michalis …TimeMazine….~


Ayear after the release of super-trippy The Pavilion Of Magic And The Trials Of The Seven Surviving Elohim, Welsh collective Sendelica are back with another hour of infectious space-rock. This time they’ve pushed their earlier dub influences to one side and opted for a heavier sound, with strong guitar melodies and a little Eastern influence, particularly apparent in the opening segment of Magical Ninin. 
Divided into eight flowing tracks – with the lush, hypnotic Satori In Elegance taking over half of them – this long player stretches the band’s sound further than ever. 
If previous albums have acknowledged influences from Velvet Underground and Captain Beefheart, then they now pay homage to early Pink Floyd with The Satori’s elongated laid-back instrumentals and even classic Hawkwind with their seriously crunchy riffs on closer The Majestic Stonegazer. 
For the full audio/visual experience, keep an eye out for the limited edition DVD, featuring trippy videos for Journey To The Centre Of The Mind and The Satori In Elegance Part III, plus their Warholian, mind-expanding, 30-minute art movie When The Rising Apes Meet The Falling Angels…..By NRS …..~


Sendelica follow up last year’s The Pavilion Of Magic And The Trials Of The Seven Surviving Elohim with the almost as lengthy titled The Satori in Elegance of the Majestic Stonegazer. Magical Ninin is the heavy hitting opening track. It’s a hard rocking psychedelic instrumental with searing guitar and a hypnotizing melodic riff. Some spaced out synths are present but somewhat secondarily as this tune is all about heavy guitar driven psych ROCK. I’ll bet it kills when played live. Aetheraland follows and does a 360 degree shift, being a gorgeously meditative floating psychedelic number. It’s got a seductive flute melody which combined with the keyboards gives the music an early 70s Prog feel. 

Satori in Elegance is a 4-part suite, starting off with an introductory piece that drifts along with pleasant guitar, bits of sax and birds chirping. Near the end the guitar starts to get a little more aggressive, and then with Pt II busts out into a chunky slab of psychedelic hard rock with a metallic edge… and now we’re rockin’ again, with blazing acidic guitar, and though I wouldn’t have recognized it I see from the credits that Iain Hawk Khan (Schroedinger’s Cat) contributes his monster electric fusion sitar. As Pt III arrives the mood settles, with drifting atmospheric keys, ambient-jazzy guitar, plus a cool and interesting trip guitar sound playing mind-bending leads. It all jams along for a while and about halfway through as the guitar is playing easy-paced solos the band gets a jazzy groove going and the keyboard and bass take over lead melodic duties. I like the ambient-jazzy groove with electronic edge feel of this part and… oooh, now we’ve got some cool old time organ jamming along with the off-kilter electronic rhythmic pulse. There’s a lot happening on this 15 minute excursion, with multiple thematic shifts and some interesting combinations of instruments and musical styles. Pt 4 returns to the drifting meditative psychedelic theme. The birds are chirping again and though it sounds like the music is building up to some intense climax its really all part of a peaceful finale. 

Preseli Daze is next and is a nearly 12 minute jam with heavy acidic psych guitar front and center, augmented by saxophone. The rhythmic pulse starts off slow paced but picks up speed after a few minutes as Pete Bingham alternates between ripping up his guitar, playing passionate ambient leads and metallic psych leads. Glenda Pescado’s bass jams along with him and I think Lee Relfe’s sax very nicely fits in with these guys. Finally, Sendelica go almost completely Metal on the fist-pumping closing number, The Majectic Stonegazer…by Jerry Kranitz…..Aural Innovations …..~



Sendelica: “The Satori In Elegance Of The Majestic Stonegazer” - 2012 
Just as a year ago the world was shown another psychedelic revelation of the masters of the British progressive space rock Senda, called “The Pavilion Of Magic And The Trials Of The Seven Surviving Elohim”, to this June practicing yoga guitar meditations present another documentary a certificate of successful exercises in musical asanas. The practice of the virtues of instrumental superconscious jam sessions and studio improvisations was led by Pete’s duet (guitar, keys) and Glenda (bass) to ultimate enlightenment. On the thorny path to satori, this time they were assisted by the drummer Paul Fields and the electronics engineer Colin Konsterdin, and the invited musicians contributed saxophone, flute and sitar to Sendelica’s instrumentation. 

I do not cease to seem that Sendelica music is one brilliant improvisational set, and if you adhere to the theory that all musicians are somehow the vehicles of the energies of thinner worlds, then the British really succeeded in this matter. The melodies of the tracks “The Satori In Elegance Of The Majestic Stonegazer” are moved by an independent living stream in which both the ego and the crude illusion of the material manifestation of nature dissolve. If the internal vibrations of the body are matched with the frequencies of psychedelic vibrations, then the feeling of unity of consciousness with this stream will be a natural and logical result of listening to the album. At the same time, the new improvisations of Sendelica, although they are each separately independent, complete, composition, in the aggregate are a consistent development of the themes of the previous albums. As usual this is a heavy, bright, instrumental psychedelic rock, which simultaneously does not recognize any boundaries, but does not violate the existing ones. In the space of space electronics, the beacon for the intergalactic traveler remains the pure and piercing sound of the guitar of Pete Bingham, the best landmark in the world of space rock. Optimum tuning to its frequency - cleansing of consciousness, preparation for this important step will be facilitated by the track “Aetheraland”, it was on it that the flute was useful. The quadrature “Satori …” will be understandable not only to the wise experiences of the fans of the old school of psychedelia, but also to those who are familiar with the creativity of the new stars of the German scene My Sleeping Karma. Tracks “Satori …” it all starts with an easy warm-up in the key jazz ambient (part I), the plot develops into a heavy cyclical act of traveling to the inner space, which is decorated in a good hardcore spirit (part II resembles the first set of the album “Magical Ninin”) , the culmination - the immediate attainment of enlightenment (Part III) - is represented by a relaxing space rock flight, and the denouement boils down to a return to the transformed earth, whose vision is played in a serene guitar ambient. Despite this, the two final tracks “Preseli Daze” and “The Majestic Stonegazer” are heavy, and somewhere even massive and reluctantly clumsy. In a word, the variety of themes is obvious, although this was clearly not an end in itself for the musicians. the plot develops into a heavy cyclical act of a journey into the inner cosmos, which is decorated in a good hardrock spirit (Part II resembles the first composition of the album “Magical Ninin”), the culmination - the immediate achievement of enlightenment (Part III) - is represented by a relaxing space rock flight, and the denouement is reduced to a return to the transformed earth, whose vision is played in a serene guitar ambient. Despite this, the two final tracks “Preseli Daze” and “The Majestic Stonegazer” are heavy, and somewhere even massive and reluctantly clumsy. In a word, the variety of themes is obvious, although this was clearly not an end in itself for the musicians. the plot develops into a heavy cyclical act of a journey into the inner cosmos, which is decorated in a good hardrock spirit (Part II resembles the first composition of the album “Magical Ninin”), the culmination - the immediate achievement of enlightenment (Part III) - is represented by a relaxing space rock flight, and the denouement is reduced to a return to the transformed earth, whose vision is played in a serene guitar ambient. Despite this, the two final tracks “Preseli Daze” and “The Majestic Stonegazer” are heavy, and somewhere even massive and reluctantly clumsy. In a word, the variety of themes is obvious, although this was clearly not an end in itself for the musicians. the culmination - the immediate attainment of enlightenment (Part III) - is represented by a relaxing space rock flight, and the denouement boils down to a return to the transformed earth, whose vision is played in a serene guitar ambient. Despite this, the two final tracks “Preseli Daze” and “The Majestic Stonegazer” are heavy, and somewhere even massive and reluctantly clumsy. In a word, the variety of themes is obvious, although this was clearly not an end in itself for the musicians. the culmination - the immediate attainment of enlightenment (Part III) - is represented by a relaxing space rock flight, and the denouement boils down to a return to the transformed earth, whose vision is played in a serene guitar ambient. Despite this, the two final tracks “Preseli Daze” and “The Majestic Stonegazer” are heavy, and somewhere even massive and reluctantly clumsy. In a word, the variety of themes is obvious, although this was clearly not an end in itself for the musicians. 

Whatever it was, in my opinion, the title of the album reflects its content optimally - the result of the work of the Sendelica participants really became a true comprehension of the nature of man, and the realization of this discovery was naturally expressed in music. But it’s still surprising to me how often musicians record albums, while maintaining a high level of material. Obviously, Pete and Glenda know something that we do not know, and here there is something to think about …. But, break my thunder, away thoughts - let this music fill your mind!…by…. Lightbringer….~







Line-up / Musicians 
- Peter Bingham / guitars, electronics 
- Glenda Pescado / bass 
- Paul Fields / drums (1-6,8) 
- Colin Consterdine / keyboards, drum programming 

additional musicians: 
- Lee Relfe / sax (3,7) 
- Virginia Tate / flute (2), guitar (6) 
- Roger Morgan / keyboards (2) 
- Iain Hawk Khan / sitar (4) 
- Oli Davidson Howell / drums (7)



Tracklist 
A1 Satori In Elegance Part I
A2 Satori In Elegance Part II
A3 Satori In Elegance Part III
B1 Satori In Elegance Part IV
B2 Magical Ninin
B3 Aetheraland
B4 The Majestic Stonegazer 





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