Ozric Tentacles ‎– The YumYum Tree

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SMACD958 Ozric Tentacles The YumYum Tree(CD, Album, Jew) Snapper Music SMACD958 UK 2009 Sell This Version
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UpComing

UpComing

November 27, 2018
referencing The YumYum Tree, CD, Album, Jew, SMACD958
The music in the YumYum Tree is Stellar. The soundscape is brilliant. Of particular note is the title track. It belongs a some sort of pantheon of music approaching the divine. It is enormously complex in the first 5 minutes with multiple interwoven layers of different time signatures (including an 11/4(!) motif), rhythms, melodic motifs, and sounds that crescendo with absolutely sublime guitar work. The way the parts meld make the whole far greater than their sum, especially when the guitar appears. The rest of the track resolves to a driving 4/4 that eventually eases down to a peaceful landing. An amazing trip.
bigsupernova

bigsupernova

April 3, 2011
edited over 7 years ago
referencing The YumYum Tree, CD, Album, Dig, SMACD958
Best space rock album to date !!!

Ozric Tentacles is the best space rock bands in the world & this album is the best space rock/ambient album to date , Amazing loop sounds !!!
tantric_obstacles

tantric_obstacles

June 11, 2009
edited over 7 years ago
referencing The YumYum Tree, CD, Album, Dig, SMACD958

After three years with no studio output, we finally get the new Ozrics album. Because of the length of time it took to come up with fresh tunes, as well as the instability of the line up, a lot of people – including myself – didn’t know what to expect from the new material.

So, here it is then. The reaction from both critics and fans has been mixed, with some people loving it, others enjoying it and others still hating it. I belong in the middle category.

This album is quite unusual for the Ozrics for a few reasons: firstly it is possibly the most relaxed and least guitar orientated in the history of the band. There is not even one really huge guitar solo accompanied by a myriad of climactic effects, a feature of the Ozrics’ style that a large number of fans absolutely adore and therefore might miss on this release. This however will certainly appeal to the portion of the fanbase who prefer the electronic, as opposed to the ‘rock’ side of the music.

Also, it is the most obviously synthesized, non organic album Ed has ever produced. Now, on close inspection, a lot of earlier material was sequenced, including the rhythm section. But after the 80s that was done in such a way that you needed to focus hard to tell where the drummer ended and the drum machine started – if, like me, you were not familiar with electronic equipment. In the last three albums the sequencing has become progressively more evident, to the extent that the non-sequenced tracks, fewer and fewer in number, feel like a breath of fresh air when they occur. Or maybe my ears have gradually become more efficient in spotting synthesized sounds.

And thus we come to the next difference: the fact that this is the closest so far to an Ed solo album. External input is restricted to a few synths by Merv and Joie on two tunes and a little percussion by Dom and the occasional rhythm section of Vinny Shillito on bass and Roy Brosh on drums. Since the inner sleeve states that all music was written by Ed, Brandi’s role might be peripheral, a few synths and ideas here and there. That’s a guess though, I might be wrong.

But what of the tunes themselves? Well, more than ever, this is a matter of taste. Generally speaking, if you enjoyed the last few albums despite the sequencing, chances are you won’t mind it this time either. If you can live without a heavily pronounced guitar presence and a generally more electronic and - only slightly - less busy sound you won’t be disappointed. The focus this time is on soundscapes and mood rather than guitar and keyboard solo based track sections. As it happened with me and a few other people in my knowledge the more you listen to this album the better it becomes. If I want to listen to lots of full on solos there are plenty of other Ozrics albums to choose from. I am delighted that Ed has once again found a way to move forward. I do wish there was more real drums and bass, but that doesn’t affect my enjoyment terribly. The album is still identifiable as Ozric Tentacles.

Finally, the CD works far better as a whole than track-by-track. I tend to remember bits of tracks on this one, like the oriental synth riff on Magic Valley, the sitar bit on Oddweird, the synthesised bassline of Oolong Oolong, the dub bit on Mooncalf, the xylophone-style keyboards on the title track, the beautiful atmosphere of Nakuru and the synthwork on Plant Music and San Pedro. The overall atmosphere though is far more pleasing than any one track. Oh, and two more things: 1) the album is a bit too short; another one or two tracks would have been more than welcome and 2) really cool artwork!
7.5/10