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A masterpeace of the PsyCeltic kind. Excellent production. If you like those

"forgotten" celtic sounds and Simon, you'll just love this one. A must. I give

it 9/10

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Pure Mastery in production of beautiful music, Simon doesn't dissapoint, this

is one of the most healing albums he's been a part of for sure. That's how i

would summarise this album - it heals better than any other. For me almost all

tracks are memorable, i remember their beautiful melodies and warm basslines,

really sends you away - not like shpongle brings you to an alternate

dimension, but rather to a different time and place in our current dimension.

Very kewl 9.5/10

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umm...what kan we say here: firsth of all, sausages and campfire. Guitar

lovely, very nice one actually...start plan your little vacation while

listening

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Guest Psychodelic Minius

so it deoden't compare to shpongle but this is....this is like a dream in the

morning for me, a dream in the afternoon when i'm not sleeping...this is

superb album..i love celtic influences and those guitars...best songs is:

"Hicksville" "louden" "Darshanon"rating:9/10

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this release is absolutely marking in the scene. the start of L.S.D. records (

dragonfly`s ambient label) - check all the other releases - not like most

ambient cds !!!!!!! superb writing and sounds. very special !!!!

10/10

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Guest AsmoroD

This album is absolutely great but too short... The tracks are well composed

and my head feels like a freesbee when I'm on Hicksville !!

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Guest lauri

quite a nice album you`ve got here, organic and warm...much better than the

shpongle 2nd album that everybody waz raving about

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Very good album for sure, Louden being perhaps the best track here and the last track being fucking horrible shit Posted Image

And I can't understand people who say this is not psychedelic music :lol:

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Track List

 

1 Hicksville (7:35)

2 Stargate Avalon (1:32)

3 Jade Garden (7:38)

4 Shwazz (8:59)

5 Fifth Level (4:36)

6 Khatmandu (7:43)

7 Mundis Imaginalus (7:50)

8 Louden (3:22)

9 Darshannon (6:10)

 

Simon Posford & Youth. Sounds like shpongle might have sounded if there was no Raja Ram. I actually prefer this to Shpongle, it has more staying power.

 

1 Hicksville

Like psychedelic hick music it really is. Country bumpkin guitar & all those country elements I usually hate but masterfully produced into a great psychedelic track.

 

2 Stargate Avalon

This track is noisy. No tune, no beat just lots of noises. It's short it's filler.

 

3 Jade Garden

I stumbled upon the philosopher's stone. I had the veil of illusion pulled back & was confronted by the many levels of energy & many realms of consciousness which are available to men. I opened a pandora box of multiple realities.

The intro sets a trippy atmosphere continued by the music. It reminds me of a UFO sighting, Roswell or something.

 

4 Shwazz

A very soft 'background if you let it' track. This is one of those tracks which can be amazing if you focus on it but if your attention is diverted then it hardly registers. It has very slow beats, cool background noises & some really nice soft guitars.

 

5 Fifth Level

Another very soft trippy track. A lack of beats & strong slow synths give a very wide open space feeling. Towards the end it reminds me of an indian reservation mixed with x-file sci fi.

 

6 Khatmandu

I really like the guitar in this track, a nice melody. This starts beatless but a slow lethargic beat comes in during the 2nd half of the track.

 

7 Mundis Imaginalus

Sounds like a hick sat on the front porch looking out at his enchanted swamp & playing a song on his guitar as a tribute to his lost youth. Quite a melancholic melody, some beats come in, very big but very soft. Magic.

 

8 Louden

Another very nice guitar melody but the track is far too short. It could be much longer, excellent music. Some violin comes intowards the end teasing you but the track then just stops.

 

9 Darshannon

I like this track. It is quite good but I just don't know what it's doing on this album. It's a fast dancefloor track, not chilled at all like the rest of the album. Can be quite shock if you are in a nicely chilled out mind set & this suddenly comes on :o

 

 

So all in all there is great great music here. I think though that track 2 should be omitted completely & the last track should have been released on an up tempo celtic cross album (which could have been quite cool) & they should have been replaced by tracks more in line with the feeling of the other tracks.

 

Favourites #1,3,5,6,7,8

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Shpongled in a far away gaellic/celtic dreamland or simply in Ireland? Well then Celtic Cross is the right thing for you. It`s been years that I haven't listened to "Celtic Cross" and I really dont understand why because it is a gem. The album has such a strong,single concept and the concept is carried out in a great manner...It is rather psychedelic and interlaced with some melodies that I find Posford has a natural craving for....

 

This piece of celtic psyambient proves for the umptheenth time that Posford (+Youth)? can be so diverse in concept while still based on the solid now-immortal Shpongled fundamentals.

 

Best tracks: 1,6 and 7. Track 5 is a small psychedelic treasure....soaked with emotions.

 

Rating: 8,5/10

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