Monday, 9 July 2018

Kozmic Muffin “Nautilus” 1994 very rare Spain Prog Psych


Kozmic Muffin “Nautilus” 1994 very rare Spain Prog Psych..recommended..!
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KOZMIC MUFFIN were a cult psych/prog band,formed in 1992 and based in the City of A Coruna,Galicia in Spain,who released two album back in the 90’s.“Nautilus” was the debut of the band released in mid-90’s on Man Records,a rather infamous and overlooked album back then,which earned some praise through the sand of time. 
KOZMIC MUFFIN play some mix of Psych/Prog with hints from Heavy Rock,presented in six rather long cuts.The musicianship has an intense retro-feeling and is based on the hypnotic guitars of Pedro Granell and the monster organ waves of Enrique Otero.Sometimes the sound gets more aggresive as Granell’s both guitars and vocals explode,while I can’t help of thinking of PINK FLOYD in all their aspects in a couple of tracks.Compared to them KOZMIC MUFFIN are less melodic and have a more powerful sound.The end of the listening finds me pleased to have listened to an underground name of the modern Psychedelic Rock scene,despite the obvious lack of originality. 

This album could have easily been buried in time,but fortunately some hard-workers brought it up and that was a good thing.Far from essential,but fairly balanced and a great listening for all Floyd-ian fans out there….by apps79 …~


“Space is not dark, it illuminates it. 
It shone, it glowed. It attracted me like a magnet, 
I could not believe it, it was something else, 
it was nothing less than: 
The cosmic cupcake! 
The home of the cosmic cupcake! ”

This is, without doubt, one of the best psychedelic and progressive rock albums recorded in Spain. However, despite the saturation of information that we have today thanks to the Internet, or perhaps precisely because of it, it may still be quite unknown to some of the audience who are fond of these sounds. Its original edition, as well as the reedición were very short and the copies available in Vinyl and CD went up in price as the foam. But, leaving to the side the speculation and other fulleries of the world of collecting, this album has a genuine musical value. 
Apart from its obvious quality, the most curious and surprising thing about Nautilus is that it was made in the mid-90s - edited by the Galician label Man Records with a small print run of 500 lp’s and CD’s - and that despite the fact the indie music the group got an aftertaste so typical of the 70s and at the same time they will not stop sounding modern. In my opinion, Nautilus, along with the discography of Soul Bisontes from Madrid , deserves to be considered one of the most original and personal albums, within psychedelia or progressive, made in Spain since the 70s. 
Half progressive rock, half psychedelia (quite guitarist), also a lot of space rock, at times Kozmic muffin sound equally to the first Pink Floyd , that to the Hankwind, that the Sun Dial of the Other way outor as if they were some dark and lost German group of the early 70s. Pedro Granell’s voice can even sometimes remind Syd barret. However, at no time do they stop being themselves. Therefore, beyond references and odious comparisons, the disc is truly original, with a sound that can vary suddenly from the softest to the stormy in changes of very elaborate rhythms and executed with total effectiveness. In general it can be said that it is an ambitious work in composition and production, with long and tortuous themes, full of different sections. Even so, it is still a very dynamic and rock album, addictive from the first listenings. Extraordinary the work of Pablo Rega and Granell with some very acid guitars, supported by a rhythmic base more than effective, 
The disc counts on six quite long subjects: 
“Andrew”, which is the extraordinary opening of the album, perhaps the most direct and rocky cut of all. It begins with a touch of precious guitar, an introduction that later becomes unforgettable. Soon the whole band throws you a true amphetamine pill while being lysergic. The organ of Enrique Otero is very remarkable
“Sun, Glass & vacuum”, is a song that starts with a melody that we could almost identify as funereal. Granell increases this sad atmosphere with his voice. Little by little the subject is developing, the guitars sound with echo and preciousness in the background, the organ increases the melancholy. The second half of the theme is almost an instrumental of a very high quality and sensitivity. 
“Kozmic muffin”, is a piece of more than ten minutes and with evidence the vertebral theme of the album. Of very sinuous and changing development, always subject by a great rhythmic base, the work of Patxi Valera to the drums is masterful, that during the whole subject gives us a great recital. The theme has an incredible guitar work to two in its central part. This is a true marvel of song that the Kozmin muffin are marked as if such a thing. 
“Bedlam”, a very nice song, much quieter and more content than the others, and perhaps the one that sounds the ninetieth of the album, with a certain air to groups like Screaming Trees or Pearl Jam (remember that it was recorded between 1993 and 1994) . A mere rest for what comes later.
“Open minds”, psychedelia guitar masterpiece . With a start to the pure Hankwind with a great bass and guitar effects. This song is really exciting. He accumulates energy to break the two minutes with the heartrending cries of Granell, who like in the rest of the album sings really well. A central instrumental section of wah-wah, organ and big guitar drums. This theme is also incredibly good and at the height of the greats. 
“Eleusis” is the closing of the disc, also of more than ten minutes. It is an instrumental acid of great and progressive crescendo, huge work of all the musicians that without realizing us plunge us into a potentísma and overflowing orgy of distortion, with a guitar soaked in wah-wah and effects of the best space rock of the first seventy. Another wonder inside a record that is simply and absolutely essential. 
After this album Granell left the group, although the rest of the group decided to continue and take a more progressive trajectory, also very interesting, but I think without reaching the level of this first stage. In any case, Nautilus is there to be discovered for new cosmic explorers….Review of Antonio Ramírez ….~


Taking note of the sound of the 70s but with a clear attitude of reinterpretation, Kozmic Muffin recorded his first feature, a great treatise of progressive rock with a clear psychedelic side that from the moment of its release became a classic. 

A door opens and “ Andrew ” begins , a cut defined by Pedro Granell as a self-portrait that is a whole display of rhythmic intensity and constant instrumental turns. Striking the voice of Pedro - with those approaches to Lou Reed - and the great capacity of the band to modernize a clearly progressive sound and bring it closer to the 90, turning the album as a whole into a ride through a time machine that allows us to see closely the black holes that Syd Barrett had for eyes and expand our subconscious to infinity. 

The melancholic “ Sun, glass & vacuum ” stands out for some brilliant guitar solos that seem to sound the lament. “ Kozmic Muffin ” is the longest song on the album, more than ten minutes of brightness and intensity, a display of strength and tear with an overwhelming rhythm section. 

“ Bedlam ” is the cut that most reminds Pink Floyd, Pablo Rega lends his voice to interpret this half-time nostalgic and dramatic that stands out for some in growing redeemers. “ Open minds ” brings back the darkness, Pedro considers this court a song to the beautiful part of schizophrenia, to moral innocence and an invitation to experiment with our lives. 

Closes the instrumental “ Eleusis ”, a gloomy and psychedelic atmosphere with sudden changes of tempo, a ghostly and disturbing organ and some guitars that generate a wall of sound that reminds of formations such as King Crimson or Rush. The best thing is in the last development, in which Pedro shouts from the deepest part of his being and the microphone of some instrument picks up his shout. Visceral. 
In short, this is a highly recommended album that is undoubtedly one of the highest levels achieved by progressive and national symphonic rock ….by Fernando Fernández Rego …lafonoteca….~


Very rare Spanish progressive psych LP from the 90s.Released in limited edition of 500 copies and long deleted. This 70’s sounding progressive rock quintet from Galicia made one of the best 90s albums in Spain. Six extended tracks plenty of superb dual guitar, Hammond organ,spacey effects… and sung in English….~


- Pedro Granell - guitar, vocals 
- Pablo Rega - guitar 
- Enrique Otero - Hammond organ 
- Javier Vaamonde - bass guitar 
- Patxi Valera - drums 
- Hosanna Fernndez - chorus (4) 
- Julio Gonzlez - vocals (4)


Tracklist 
A1 Andrew 3:52 
A2 Sun, Glass & Vacuum 6:22 
A3 Kozmic Muffin 10:29 
B1 Bedlam 8:51 
B2 Open Minds 7:14 
B3 Eleusis 10:08

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