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Atomic Simao, Ukraine


News: Hot off the press, Cosmic Eye of Greece have just announced they will be releasing the latest album from Atomic Simao on vinyl. Release date set for April 4th. Label says: ""Echo" is the second album from Kiev's ATOMIC SIMAO and we're privileged to issue it on vinyl, as a follow-up to their successful first LP "Nōdo" of two years ago.

On this sophomore effort, the band abandons the Hendrixian jamming of their debut and takes a long head-dive into funked-up spacerock. The style on this release is a complex instrumental mix of acidic guitar, psyched-out electronica and Middle-Eastern influenced laid back space-jazz feel. A multitude of rhythms are swirling everywhere, funky jazz grooves spice up the recipe the Funkadelic way, and a soaring sax brings the compositions to Gong's "Shamal" era territory and beyond. Adjectives to describe the listening experience: trippy, complex, eclectic, intense, surreal...

Overall, "Echo" is not what expected in comparison to the direct psychedelic jam feel of their debut, but in a way it's a more intense and colourful panorama of cosmic sounds and "down and dirty" grooves. This is beautiful music to zone-out. Fasten your seat belts and get ready for the take-off!"


Location: Kiev

Overview: Atomic Simao are the first band from the Ukraine to enter my collection. Their first LP is a very good improvised space rock album. Their new album promises to be more in the space funk rock, jazz rock vein like Gong meets Funkadelic.

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  1. Welcome to the club! I've been stuck on three Ukrainian albums for a while now. Not easy to find music from that country. (When the new Five-Storey Ensemble comes out even Belarus will catch up on Ukraine in my collection!)

    Two of the albums I own are classical music. The other one's not space rock, but a very enjoyable piece of moody prog by a band called Obiymy Doschu ("Rain's Embrace") singing in their native tongue, which I love. I don't know if you've heard of them, but for those who haven't, their album can be downloaded here: http://rain.in.ua/en.html The CD is probably hard to find now.

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    1. Yes, you're right, I've never heard of them. Thanks Bas for the comment and link!

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