My Sleeping Karma - Soma

11 songs
56:35 minutes
***** ***


Every two years you can expect a new album from German band My Sleeping Karma. After releases in 2006, 2008 and 2010, they are now back with their fourth album Soma, like the happy-making drug from Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World.

Usually I have a hard time with instrumental music, and especially the ongoing flood of post rock bands is more than I can take. But My Sleeping Karma do manage without vocals to capture my attention. At a first glance, the songs don’t sound too spectacular, but the more time you spend with them, the more fascination evolves from this psychedelic groove rock, as the band labels their style. Attentive listening reveals how multi-layered the music actually is. The CD contains six long tracks, all running between seven and nine minutes, which are separated by five short tracks. The latter ones are always very quiet and actually quite inconspicuous, working rather as a link between the former, more epic ones. These longer tracks subsist on countless mood swings. At times they turn out more relaxing, at other times darker and more rhythmic. Add to this an atmospheric psychedelic component that has no difficulties generating a hypnotic effect. I dread to think what would happen if you listened to these tracks alone at home in the dark of night.

I can’t tell if the music has the same effect as the identically named drug from the classic dystopic novel, but there are certainly no adverse effects. The analogue minded music fans will be happy to hear that Soma has as well been released as a limited double vinyl record.

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