Polytoxicomane Philharmonie- Drosophila Road
(Nasoni Records 704)
From Aural Innovations #38 (Jan 2008)
I have to say this is probably the coolest CD packaging that I have seen this year. IT is a really cool fold out sleeve with great artwork and a cool tall thin booklet telling the story of the fly, Ned Busckii. The CD or LP is composed of 5 long tracks, the shortest is 6 minutes. The music begins with a buzzing fly as Opinion takes off. It is a slow track that tells a strange story but features some cool psychedelic rock, great horns and strange samples, telephone ringing, and a great guitar solo towards the end. Mini Rock clocks in at 9½ minutes and is quite jazzy to start and features a female voice (HM Fishli), which is a major contrast to the gruff and harsh voice of the main singer (Commander IM Crab) but this track is an interesting journey with cool horn solos, guitar solos and just a cool spacey vibe. Amazing music.. Late Train to Casket County is next and starts with some didgeridoo and Native American chanting and drumming as the track builds up but goes into some really spaced out stuff after a fairly normal middle part. Strange track… Sotto Voce is the 14½ minute really cool track that has great organ, horn and guitar playing. IT starts quite laid band with a horn solo but everyone gets to jam on this track. Great psychedelic vibe and some nice female vocals until the middle end part when the track gets quite strange for a while before the psyched out guitar ending. The CD/LP ends with The Mirrorman, which has a great groove and enough strangeness to fit in just fine with the rest of the album. This is a band that has really grown since the last record and really gone in a cool direction. It is jazzier but still strange psychedelic rock. Fans of Frank Zappa will quite enjoy this, if they approach music with open ears.
Check the band's web site at: http://www.polytoxicomane-philharmonie.de/
Check out the record label web site at: http://www.nasoni-records.com
Reviewed by Scott Heller