A brief history
of this Otherworld
would explain how
their newest CD
Time...is a slippery concept
by Melodic Energy Commission
is a sampling of
years of sonic exploration,
containing the influence
of many planets
THE LYRICS * LINER
Time Slips Away
W h a t o t h e r s
h a v e t o s a y
Alienated in Vancouver
by Allen MacInnis 2008
With these guys, time is a slippery concept. In 1979, MEC sounded like 1971.
In 1980 they sounded like 1971. And 25 years later they sound like 1971!
When I say 1971, I don’t mean production styles and era instrumentation, but rather
a certain adventurous composition style, completely non-linear and skewed,
beyond the scope of rational imagination. Add to that about a baker’s dozen different instruments
and a distinctive psychedelic sound, and you have one of the great modern space rock albums.
Instant classic with plenty of room to grow from there. File Don Xaliman next to John L.
as true modern geniuses who will be discovered long after they’re gone.
by Outer Music Diary
It would be challenging to try and pigeon hole Melodic Energy Commission's music.
Think early 60's/vintage psychedelic meets Mojave 3 and Syd Barret age Pink Floyd,
and then toss in the cadence of Primus. The group states the album is best listened to in
its entirety, as "all songs are joined together with thematic instrumental interludes with
a common effect of taking one on a journey out of time". Perhaps their words describe it best.
"Beehive Jive" opens the album with ambient sounds, funky rhythms and playful vocals
followed by incremental chants. "Moon Surfing" sounds like a wild instrumental
plucked from Tom Waits Mule Variations. "Lifting Wave" is Stereolab on acid caught
in a Grateful Dead space set. "I Be" marries Aphex Twin-style panning effects with
hovering synths and tribal percussion. There is darkness to the music here, a haunted feeling.
"Figure It" waxes poetic on differing perceptions of time and concepts of awareness,
the seeming goal being the listener's detachment from their current state-of-mind.
"Crystal Cave" continues that haunting vibe with floating dark synths and reverbed flutes.
"Underground Summit" caps the album with more eeriness, sounding like
the close of a Michael Stearns album.
by MM - EarBuzz 2009
of THE most extraordinary albums I've had to review in years.
many ways, its sound and structure is SO original and unique as
be almost the equivalent of something from the far distant future
the likes of mere mortals such as I, can't even begin to understand.
album continues to work its way into your consciousness,
you with the joys of music from another time and space,
the layers, textures, rhythms, melodies and ever changing
just exist, in glorious manner...
it's amazing stuff, totally uncategorisable
one of THE most unique yet palatable albums
have heard in a long, long time
by ANDY GARIBALDI Dead
Earnest - Dundee, Scotland
music really impressed me to the highest degree, there is
"organic" that I rarely find elsewhere,
from outer space it is more common !
few music have the ability to really connect me
more precisely : to stabilize the already existing connection)
something deeper than the 'social human being',
of the electronic/space or new age music that have
purpose merely stays on the surface and so many times the
of the sounds they use ruins the whole effect.
do not stop your experimentations on us human beings,
are on the right track to open some more doors for us,
wish that we will not need to wait another 25 years to have
next medicine released!
Waves, Claude from Oka Quebec
disc containing the new sonic vibrations was successfully transported,
our kind have already begun to realize it's positive benefits.
tones are truly wondrous, and you have chosen a most able crew of
We detect similarities to the spirit of previous emanations
your world, but we also notice significant evolution has occurred.
give you our sincere thanks for another truly unique... cosmic event.
Pey - Auckland, Kolifournia