TNVVNÜM - Ouroboros. 2009 Estonia

TNVVNÜM - Ouroboros. 2009 private (CD)

Excellent new, primarily instrumental, band from Estonia whose full name is Tõele Näkku Vaadates Võib Näha Ükskõik Mida - just rolls off the tongue doesn't it? The name translates more or less to Facing The Truth You Can See Anything.

The opening of TNVVNÜM's second album Ouroboros sits somewhere between the post rock of Tortoise and Ummagumma era Pink Floyd. The song structures meander similar to the former, but the Gilmour leads and fuzzy sounding ancient organ point to a late 1960's sound. By track 4, the album is already in full blown psychedelic rock mode, which endears itself to this listener anyway. The eerie narration/vocals of 8) give off more than a whiff of first album Trettioåriga Kriget. The album peaks on the sublime 'Bad Chemicals', an appropriate name given the disorienting psychedelic nature of the song. This song could have easily been part of the Pärson Sound repertoire of 1968.

Highlights (using the provided English translations as I'm too lazy to type in the Estonia names): 3. Seagull (3:30); 4. State of the Dream (6:36); 6. Ambrosia (4:10); 8. Solar Eclipse (6:09); 9. Bad Chemicals (5:31); 10. Earthbound (5:30)

The band seem to be very enthusiastic for downloads, but through persistence I found a CD on ebay, and it comes in a nice hard bound mini-LP sleeve. I hope they don't go download only. I refuse to buy worthless assets, so let's hope they continue to press CDs for old-schoolers like me.

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