Cosmic Trip Machine
(Golden Horus Name)
On Trial, Moccasin, Deep Purple
The dual minds of Will Z and Majnun making up Cosmic Trip Machine (CTM) have put forth a heady diverse album. Hailing from Belgium, C.T.M. tell stories of reincarnation, vampires, depression and mystical curses. The two musicians show their music talents through their use of multiple instruments. Will Z heads-up not only vocals, but acoustic guitars, sitar, organ, keyboards, bass, gong, tambourine, rainstick and perhaps cowbell. Majnun intertwines electric guitar, sitar guitar, flute and percussion. Golden Horus Name also adds a bassist (Sammy).
The album features an interesting mix of progressive song architecture and as their name relays, cosmic fun. The album is overwhelmingly influenced by 60's and 70's psychedelic rock as the organ and Will's Greg Lake-esque pipes ring throughout. The album does a good job contrasting the first half of acoustic psychedelic folk and intertwining some progressive heavy guitar-work. Unfortunately at times, the album wears a little thin, especially during the middle parts. We do, however, urge you to not give up as there is some unique progressive musicianship here as well.
The first trace, "Aristophanes" commences with some Deep Purple-esque raunchiness and we see from the onset how integral the organ sets the stage. The second track "Let Your Eye Come Down" features chanting and cosmic synths . Track five, "A Part of Me" is a bit of a let-down coming up a bit flat in its drifting spacial technique. One of our favorite cuts off the album is the tune "Flower," it features a unique melody and intriguing sitar, very trippy. Another great tune is the ending track "The Lady From Nowhere Land". At just over 8 minutes the song culminates and puts and exclamation point on the album with its heaviest use of progressive rock and both space rock guitar-work. This is another of the more heavy Prog oriented tracks, though very spacey-trippy, with seductive keys and yet more impressive guitar.
While the album does have a variety of nice touches, we found ourselves a bit bored through the middle tracks (5 thru 8). Will's vocals also become a bit tiring after a full listen. We found the album to be more effective in smaller doses. Overall, a valiant effort and worth a listen if you like psychedelic folk with a fair amount of variety and some strong Belgium accents. - 6/30/2014
Standout Tracks: The Lady From Nowhere Land, Flower