Mr Peculiar - Mind-Dala (Sonic Dragon)

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Mr Peculiar
Mind-Dala
Sonic Dragon (Australia)


I have to admit I’m almost lost for words. This was a farken hard review to write, and those that know me know how much I love to rant and ramble. Mind-Dala is an album that completely reaffirms your faith in psytrance, telling you that there is decent and original fullon coming out these days, and also reminding you about why you got into this music in the first place. Born On Mars teases before it drops in, and when it does it’s well and truly feeding time at the zoo. The production is pure gold, with sounds that make you keep on cranking your speakers up till they shake. Subtle sounds are drawn in to build up to a succulent peak, where a perfect slab of melody comes in and sets things really spinning. Compressing Time is bloody marvellous and all, a deeper sound but no less kaleidoscopic… in fact it’s nice to hear Mr P in a more restrained, mature style than his previous output. The way the breakdown picks up into a lazy but dust-fuelled drop is simply sublime – it’s this whole natural and unforced sound that makes it so appealing. African Soul rolls along delightfully, sounding to me a lot like the kickin’ ness of Alchemy records at their best, fused with the clean sound of Altom. It all hangs together nicely. Brainsnake is among the finest bit of fullon I’ve heard this year, there’s a deliciously twisted melody hidden in there than slinks and slides around the place. It picks up into a mesmerising final run… that’s impossible to work out quite how it all fits together… like it’s hung from individual streads from high up in the rafters. Mind-Dala has a deep and expansive sound, one of the best examples yet of that fully-immersive sound Mr Peculiar’s best at. It’s totally absorbing and very psychedelic, with suggested melodies hovering in the background and this gorgeous, full-surround feel to it. Timeline sees things get mellower and summery… with a fluid bluesy guitar peppered over a wonderfully perfect backbone… seriously lovely stuff this folks… overwhelming. If you only check one of the samples on Saiko Sounds, make it this one! Crystal Energy is another winner, it’s the sort of tune that would be a definite standout if it appeared on a compilation. Its gnarlier than what’s come before it, but no less fluid… sounds escalate incredibly deftly, building up into a real stomping soup… seriously mindbending stuff. It’s been a while since anything fullon affected me like this… until the next track comes on. Silver Clouds is nothing short of genius, as the whole album starts to come together. Sounds get picked up like debris in a storm, and glide around in a wonderful pattern. Once again what’s staggering here is the feeling that comes out from inside the music. You almost forget that you’re listening to a load of computers; this immersive quality is a real winner and the depth of emotion that comes out is second to none. I’m almost out of superlatives, but Yellow Solar Human closes the album in a truly classy way, with that restrained and measured approach creeping back in. And this is what sets Mr Peculiar apart from the others. Going back and listening to other fullon, it just seems too forced… too laboured, too stressed and too clichéd. Mind-Dala is a wonderful, brilliant lesson in how psytrance should sound.



10





and this is because for once i got a review in before martin: :partysmi:
 

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thats a great review Damion. Dont you just love it when an album/artist just single handedly puts your faith back in psytrance :Smile3: last one that did it for me was the last Rastaliens album, at a time when I was getting really frustrated with the sounds that were coming out at the time.
I kanne wait to get my grubby little mits on Mind-dala (but its gonna have to wait until sometime after the Glade now though.....no bloody cash :Sad: )
 

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Think is high time to check MrP out!
Damion doesn't offer full marks lightly :Smile3:
 

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thanks guys... it really is as good as all that, i keep waiting for a penny to drop and for it to start to sound weak but... nope!

the difference is deep, but definitely there... look forward to other opinions :Smile3:
 

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i've heard him play a few times and absolutly loved it, so am definatly looking to hearing this.....

And even more so to have a good old fashion dance to it....
 

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Wow! Nice review. The samples sound great - looking forward to hearing it in full.
So, who was that talking about getting some Aussie acts over to play a night?? (hint hint) :Smile3:
 

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oooooh bugger.....been putting off listening to samples of this for ages 'cos i don't have the money to get it........but after reading that review (nice one by the way damion) i don't think i'm gonna be able to resist much longer.....gaaarrrr
 

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Wow the album is superb peeps, very well written review Damion and a damn good read.

Incidently next saturday, i'm off to Prague to be on the same line-up as Dustin (Mr Peculiar) so i'll pass on the good reviews to him. Check out the flyer - http://www.psytrance.cz/flyerfull.php3?id=737
 

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I NEEEEED this album!!! :sad:


Reading the review just makes me want it more and more.....
 

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I don't know. Maybe I'm just stupid or something, but I did not like this :Sad:

Technically it's ofcourse brilliant, though there is to many of the familiar full-on samples for my taste. The tracks are similar, they do have some interesting parts and braks, but often there is no climax of any kind. The melodies seem quite unispired and even false sometimes. The tracks just go along and pass unnoticed. I played it today and I didn't even know when it ended. That's no good :Sad:

Personally I liked his Syncrosect tunes much more - they were more psychedelic and twisted, while those on the album ar too much full-on influenced and too "accesible".

OFF TOPIC: @Damion, how could you give Jaia's Fiction 6 points only?! It's much better than the Para Halu which got 8 points and definitely better than Mind-dala? I always agreed with your reviews, but this time you've lost me completely :Wink3:
 

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Maybe I sholud've said that it's not bad, as I'd rate it 7 or 8 out of 10, which means it's above average. Definitely not 10/10
 

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"Mind-Dala is an album that completely reaffirms your faith in psytrance, telling you that there is decent and original fullon coming out these days, and also reminding you about why you got into this music in the first place."

that sums it all up!
thank you damion!
this is pure white gold!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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not as blown away as i thought i might be. good tunes for sure but still quite formulaic and down-the-middle. was expecting more tbh
 

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Well for me, I loved every bit of it! Maybe its cause I'm a huge fan, the sound just appeals to me, love the melodies and the constuct of each track.

I would give it 9/10 :Wink3:
 

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Think this album is so so Fab!!! Anyone who doesnt have it should....... is an essentail album
Cant stop playing it..... definitely the best artist album i've heard, brings a smile to my face :ibiggrin:
 
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