1 Cosmic Pill
2 The Creation
5 Neutralized Man
6 The Rotten Side Of Earth
Musicians: Gallo - Guitar, flute and noises Kanaan - Drums and percussions Awake - Synthesisers and noises on Neutralized Man Erevos - Violin on The Rotten Side of Earth
Released in 2009, Cosmic Pill is the first album from the guitar-led musical collective Experimental Souvenir.
It includes a vast collection of punchy, spacey instrumental epics with
a flair to jazzy-metallic experiments. The instrumentation is
simultaneously complex, spacious and exhuberant.
The album opens with the superb and gorgeously addictive Cosmic Pill.
A truly propulsive heavy krautrockin' hymn dominated by energetic
guitar riffs, thundering drum patterns and glacial synthesised effects.
The Creation is a wild, free and dissonant hard rocin' exentricity, including weird effects and a flourish exotic mood. Lavatory
can be described as an esoteric version of classic hard rockin epics
with touches of pastorally flute notes and dynamical moody rhythmics. Tert (Greek dialect which means "Pontiac") carries on the schema of composition already explored in The Creation.
It features an oriental-influenced heavy-jazzy rock hybird. Propulsive
and mysteriously invigorating at the same time. The guitar soloing
sections are surprisingly tranced out and explosive. Tert also features subtle references to Greek traditional music. Neutralised Man is an epically spacious metal track for aggressive guitars and cosmic synth grooves (by Jon Dimoulas "alias" Awake). This one is said to be influenced by the famous track Hallo Gallo from NEU!. The Rotten Side of Earth
closes the album with an outer-space rockin improvisation floating in a
toxic ambience. My personal favourite with the opening theme. Cosmic Pill
achieves a solid balance between atonal jazzy metallic grooves and
kraut-blissed out vibes. A convincing and recommended debut effort. ~P.B. (ProgArchives)
2 Experimental Souvenir are a new band, a duet, from
Thessaloniki that was formed a few moths ago! And in those months they
created "Cosmic Pill", an EP diamond from every point of view that
follows an experimental/progressive path and is really a 35minute trip
back to the psychedelia of the 60's and also indicates that the genre
is anything but dead.
Though the influences from bands like King
Crimson and Faust are evident, Experimental Souvenir manage to maintain
the originality of their sound and their perceptive compositions. The
record flows flawlessly, absolutely complete, amazingly homogeneous of
style and at the same time rich in alternations and elements that make
each song unique.
First, the self titled track, creates an
unearthly, mystic atmosphere keeping from the beginning till the end
its steady motif, still not being once monotonous. Follows the stronger
track "The Creation", devided musically in 3 parts - Before The
Creation, GenesisThe Experiment - with the initial eastern
melodies binding beautifully with more jazzy elements and the continual
changes being accompanied by intense emotional reactions. And then
comes "Lavatory"! For most it'll probably won't be the strongest track
of the album, but it magnetized me from the very first minute. Don't
let the title predispose you, it's a wonderful, dynamic creation where
the flute steals the show giving a lighter sensation. "Tert", which
comes next, seems to bring us back to reality, preparing us for the
album's darkest track, "Neutralized Man", that will surely impress
every Neu!'s music enthusiast, since Hallo Gallo is the source of
inspiration! "Cosmic Pill" ends with an epic 12minute masterpiece,
entitled "The Rotten Side Of Earth", where the violin dominates the
second part matching pefectly the subtitle Dark!
production is limpid, a rarity amongst the greek independent bands,
while the artwork is meticulous, simple and chaste as this genre's
releases demand. On the whole, it is a project of high musical and
technical inspiration. You will see it on your own that the musicians
are exceptional and that applies to both Experimental Souvenir and the
guests that surrounded them on the keyboards and violin.
time you hear it, the album becomes even more exhilarating, even more
addictive. So, take your cosmic "trip" and hit repeat cause one time is
definitely not enough!