SENDELICA - The Pavilion Of Magic And The Trials Of The Seven Surviving Elohim

Sendelica - The Pavilion Of Magic And The Trials Of The Seven Surviving Elohim

9 songs
67:09 minutes
***** ****


The Welsh psyche rockers still have a knack for über-long album titles, but this is the first time I encounter them to release something away from the Russian independent label RAIG. Instead The Pavilion Of Magic And The Trials Of The Seven Surviving Elohim has been released on the Welsh label FRG, a company for which I couldn’t even find a homepage.

In the past I have always been rather fond of Sendelica’s trippy approach, but it was only last year’s Streamedelica, She Sighed As She Hit Rewind On The Dream Mangler Remote where the band really got their stride. The question was of course if they could maintain that level… and yes, they did absolutely. The new album starts with the seven minute long Zhyly Byly, a slowly building tune that doesn’t take too long to find its high energy rhythm. The following quarter hour long The Elohim is a monotonous behemoth of an ever recurring melody which uses repetition as a means to produce intensity. This is one of the band’s best long tracks so far. Guiding The Night is a short three minute stomper that makes room for the more laid back pieces of the record, starting with the equally short Orion Delight, a nicely melodic piece with a lot of reverb on the guitar. The next two tracks feature saxophonist Lee Relfe who easily manages to transform those pieces into the album’s highlights. The six minute long Arizona Spree is a crimsonesque ballad full of fragile beauty, and while the twelve minute epic Banshees & Fetches repeats some of those patterns, it adds so much more to make this a bewildering piece of showroom psychedelia. There are huge doses of acid infused German kraut rock, Hawkwind inspired electronica and out-of-this-world effect orgies. The regular part of the album ends with the nearly eight minute long The Pavilion Of Magic, a bluesy track with an improvisation feeling, leaving the listener wanting for more.

And there is more, as this is followed by two cover version bonus tracks, featuring two different female vocalists. The first is Velvet Underground’s Venus In Furs which sounds much cleaner than the original and consequently can’t develop the same sense of magic. It’s also unusual to hear Sendelica in such an orderly fashion. Finally there is the lengthy This Is The Day from a lesser Captain Beefheart album. I maintain that the regular part is so great that these two cover versions actually don’t add much.

The second part of this set is a DVD containing the forty minute long experimental movie Ritual with music performed by Sendelica, a live jam and the promotional video for Banshees & Fetches. I watched the DVD once but again have to admit that I prefer to enjoy music at home without visual accompaniment.

Overall The Pavilion Of Magic And The Trials Of The Seven Surviving Elohim is another stunning entry into Sendelica’s discography. It seems as if the band has finally reached its zenith, and I strongly hope that they can stay on top of it for many more years to come. Fans of early Pink Floyd, Hawkwind and obscure kraut rock will lustily devour this CD/DVD set.

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