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PSI CORPS - Tekeli-Li (The Adventures of A.G. Pym) - CD - R.A.I.G. - 2009

review by: Chaim Drishner

Psi Corps is a Russian / American joint venture composed of Alisa Coral, who is in charge of everything on this recording, and one Michael Blackman, who does all the guitars. The album serves as a homage to one of Edgar Allan Poe's tales and is dedicated to the memory of this master of mystery... despite how one won't find an ounce of mystery or darkness manifested via the sounds and compositions of Psi Corps.

In essence, the music is purely instrumental: It strives to be experimental without really becoming that, and most of the time it seems the composers of this music have no direction or purpose. The material is raw and unripe, the tunes are excessively uninteresting and tedious, and the Pink Floyd-ish maneuvers are pretentious and echo stark familiarity. These guys are really out of their element trying to sound like Pink Floyd at the band's most psychedelic, hazy, experimental and magical.

Tekeli-li goes nowhere, no matter how much one tries to like it; from random guitar wankery and annoying cacophony in the guise of experimentation, to endless, boring solos; the duo tries to cram so many musical approaches into one little album they make your head spin while the styles change so rapidly, from jazz to noise, to progressive rock, to blues to pure electronica a la Tangerine Dream, to whatever.

Overall, this album suffers from a major identity crisis and in a dire need of someone with good songwriting skills. Avoid this recording, if you ask us. The artwork is nice, though. (1.6/10)

 

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