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Old 06-28-2007, 12:34 AM
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Titan -- A Raining Sun Of Light And Love, For You And You And You

TITAN- A Raining Sun Of Light And Love, For You And You And You (Tee Pee Records)

The notorious stoner hippies at Tee Pee Records have somehow pried TITAN's A Raining Sun Of Light And Love, For You And You And You from some time machine set back about half a century, and have dutifully provided the world with another fine specimen of drugged-out psychedelic space rock. Presumably tripping balls on just about all of nature's proverbial forbidden fruits (and clearly having worn out their vinyl copies of anything released from 1965 to 1975), New York's TITAN have seemingly conjured up the spirits of Hendrix and Morrison to provide them with the ability to create such utterly hippietastic music. The guitars ooze out a dreamy swirling vortex of brilliant sound that could only be culled from some seriously vintage rigs, and no doubt endless hours of jamming and noodling about with the delay/flange set to high. Of course, they do turn the fuzzy distortion down enough at times to allow room for some clean guitar and even acoustic portions, while the use of keyboard and organ remains essential. The drumming has a wonderfully loose, jazzy feel to it, keeping the rhythms interesting along with the bass while the lead instruments go off on their tangents. A sense of improvisational flair permeates every song, but never does it seem to descend beyond the realms of the expected amount of self-indulgence that would be present on such a record. In short, this is not by any means a boring listen, rather one from which the listener can gain fresh enjoyment from time and time again.

Right from the lucid acoustic guitar intro to the albums opener "Annals Of The Former World" giving way to a great keyboard-driven riff, the rare use of vocals recalling those of many a forgotten underground band from the 60's and 70's, its easy to tell the direction the album will take, and despite possessing a resounding air of progginess throughout, there is not a ton of variety in terms of how the style moves as the record goes along. Sometimes its straightforward groovin' rock & roll, other times its spaced-out hectic jamming, but all the while through the 4 songs and over 40 minutes of music TITAN remain firmly rooted in the vintage sound of a bygone time in music. Ridiculous, nonsensical songtitles like "Hashishin Ohel", "Obelisk Orbit Overdrive", and "Averuf Der Pilze" are just icing on the cake to adding another layer of authenticity to the whole package.

This is definitely another solid record in the line of really cool music being created by the various dedicated practitioners of this underground resurgence in classic prog rock that has been happening more and more as of late, TITAN are another awesome group of guys set on making honest music that they themselves want to hear, exactly the kind of way music should be made.
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