Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Pharmacopoeia - Three Minutes of Three Days

Hear The Track Here

Nice to start the month off with a completely new name (at least to me). Better that then the usual hodge-podge of miscreants, ne'er do wells and the merely delusional I usually deal with on a regular basis. That isn't, of course, what I normally call reviewee's but hey I feel cranky today. That's probably because I need a pharmacopoeia just to keep the ol' black dog from the door. Specialising in 'hallucinogenic psychedelic music' Pharmacopoeia are obviously living up to their name. Do a little digging, however, and a very familiar name lumbers into view. Daniel Euphrat is a name we know from his work with Dross (also on Soundclick), the other member of this duo being one Gareth Ortiz-Timpson (member of Baggage Claim apparently.

If Daniel's name (or Dross for that matter) struck you with a sense of foreboding, then I should explain that up until now Daniel has been a master of noise (or experimental, depending on where you stand I guess). So it's a given that anything he is involved with is a bit off the beaten track, and in some ways Three Minutes does fill that description but considering some of the output I have heard from this quarter this is tame indeed. Not tame as in 'fall asleep' but tame in terms of content because it's a standard prog rock track with some nice little quirky chord/rhythm moves.

Well surprising then, considering the mayhem I was expecting that what I got to hear, I thoroughly enjoyed. Yep I KNOW I hate prog rock with a vengence but see that's the beauty of this track; it's a bit of everything. Obviously being a guitarist myself helps my appreciation and ultimately, I think that is who this track will appeal to most, That's a shame though because with it's licks and retro tone this is one track that does stand out from the average guitar/rock track. As basic as it is, the way these guys carry it off is worth a listen or two, especially the intro.

Strangely addictive guitar rock. Recommended.

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