OZRIC TENTACLES' SOPHOMORE ALBUM IS NEWLY REMASTERED & AVAILABLE ON DOUBLE LP
One of the most influential bands to emerge from the UK’s festival scene, the Ozrics layer ambient & ethereal landscapes with freeform dub trips, incredible rave grooves & psychedelic progressive rock. It’s an open exploration of music & the soul.
A raggle-taggle, unpretentious assortment of punk-infused, dreadlocked hippies, since 1983 the Ozric Tentacles wove psychedelic audio-tapestries that captured the almost dangerous musical diversity of the free festival scene, blending acid rock with dub, reggae, ethnic world music & electronic, jazzy experimentation. This was the soundtrack to the herbfragranced, alternative lifestyle that wound its way around country lanes looking for a place to set up & party, away from the psychoses of corporate life.
For over 30 years, the Ozrics have experienced the vicissitudes of the rock & roll life. The band has flourished through several line-up changes, spawned several side projects, created their own record label, scored a hit record & sold over a million albums worldwide. And yet, the basic motivation behind the band’s existence has never wavered. Their signature blend of hippy aesthetics & raver electronics with spiralling guitars, textured waves of keyboard & midi samplers & super-groovy bass & drum rhythms continue to delight fans across the world to this day.
‘Tantric Obstacles’ was released in 1985 on cassette only following in the footsteps of their debut ‘Erpsongs’. The album contains tracks that are still firm live favourites – the energetic guitar space-rocker "Sniffing Dog" & the more complex "Og-Ha-Be", which kicks off the album with the trademark Ozrics sound - a funky riff that gradually builds & recedes & builds again until it eventually explodes upon a scintillating pinnacle of space guitar. "Music to Gargle At" is almost an early version of the ‘91 ‘Strangetitude’ single "Sploosh!"; with its water samples, electronic beats & plug hole noises. "Trees Of Eternity" is clearly influenced by Steve Hillage, whilst "Oddhamshaw Style" & "Sorry Style" date the tape with the kind of classic dub that could be heard drifting across the main drag of any festival site from a ramshackle sound system in the early part of the ‘80’s.