Languid and laid back, Something More Than Dream is a beautiful record full of lush psychedelic sounds that sometimes boarder on the exotic, sometimes on stratospheric – all crafted to bring on a sort of transcendental state of mind. I find it quite a charming record both because of the bands lovely Russian accents, but also because of the quirky sounds they like to add to their songs: whoops, boings, bongos and sitars, which are sort of washed together with the vocals for a softer sound.
The album starts with ‘Retrospect’, an instrumental that sets the tone for the rest – subtle, with a lovely rhythm punctuated by tambourine. ‘Something More Than Dream’ is a song that reminds me of all the 60’s garagers who dropped their first tab and switched their minds from trying to make the loudest sounds imaginable to trying to effect the most way out sounds around – nice sort of ‘innocent’ teen psych. Challenging those great Texas psych bands: 13th Floor Elevators, The Golden Dawn etc. Mystic Brew’s ‘Through The Haze’ is a hypnotic trip with spacey zaps and wha wha’ed guitars. Closing the album is Belaya Bol’ a song I am assuming is sung in Russian – it has some weird temp changes and a lot of blips and bloops.
Some of the most creative psychedelic music is coming out of Russia these days and Mystic Brew are at the forefront of creating it.
released December 6, 2015
Recorded at Magnetone Studios, Moscow, Russia.
Mixed and engineered by Mila and Vadim Markov.
All songs written and arranged by Mystic Brew.
supported by 15 fans who also own “Something More Than Dream”
Sometimes you hear new music and the drum sets your feet tapping or you find yourself strumming your leg in rhythm with the guitar playing. Kundalini Genie on this album make me want to dance around an open fire crying to the gods of music and thanking them for this gift they have bestowed on me as a mere listener. I know that sounds a bit evangelical but that's what Reverberation does to me. Psychedelic rock is trending at present but this is pure class in amongst the ordinary.
(Interesting to hear that Ghost Dance Collective are big supporters of this band as I just discovered them about 3 hrs ago. Cosmic serendipity at work.) David Currie