Thursday, 4 August 2011

Siddhartha - Siddhartha (1998)


4.5 stars.A big thankyou to Windhawk for adding this band to our site.SIDDHARTHA are a psychedelic band from Turkey who i became acquainted with some years ago through James Unger's(loserboy) web-site.In fact if you look SIDDHARTHA up on MySpace you'll see James' review of this album under the heading "Sounds Like". The songs were written and composed between 1993-1998.The dreamy male vocals are in English,and there is a female singer on one song as well.I think the lyrics to the first track really tells us what this band's music is all about. "Power of psychedelia lies behind it's ability to let you take a trip to your innerself,through experiencing new ways,discover hidden areas in your mind and feel the pleasure of illumination coming through music that's gently stroking your soul". The spirit of Krautrock is alive and well in this album.The music is relaxing,trippy and spacey but there are some passages where the band jams with intensity and the guitarist lights it up. "A Trip To Innerself" opens with spoken words as spacey sounds come and go.Drums and a fuller sound come in as the guitar cries out.It becomes fuller after 4 1/2 minutes with some outstanding guitar.A spacey calm before 6 minutes.Drums return and the tempo picks up after 8 minutes and the sound builds.Here we go! The intro to "The Explorer" sounds great with the bass and drums leading the way in a psychedelic haze.Vocals a minute in.Love the gentle guitar after 1 1/2 minutes.The guitar is ripping it up a minute later.Themes are repeated.Check out the guitar 6 minutes in! "Desert" is a cool track with intricate acoustic guitar melodies and reserved vocals.Great sound! "Kervin" has a good rhythm with organ.Guitar 1 1/2 minutes in trades off with the organ.The percussion is prominant 2 1/2 minutes in to the end. "Baroque" is such a beautiful track.Very intricate and melodic.It changes before 2 minutes to become heavier and darker.It gets pretty intense 3 minutes in and then returns to the original melody with a more prominant guitar line. "Nervous Breakdown" opens with psychedelic sounds that come and go.It settles 2 minutes in with spacey winds.It kicks back in before 3 minutes with some excellent drumming.The guitar is leading the way 4 1/2 minutes in.It calms down before 6 1/2 minutes before the guitar is at it again.Nice. Intense after 8 minutes with yelling and laughing before it settles with dreamy vocals.Gorgeous section.Organ 9 1/2 minutes in and then the guitar lights it up after 10 minutes and goes on and on.So emotional! "Beyond Destiny" has this slow swirling melody.The vocals before 1 1/2 minutes remind me of the Norwegian band THE USE OF ASHES.The guitar winds it out after 4 1/2 minutes.Piano later.Amazing track! Great lyrics as well. "Distant Cry" is a beautiful PORCUPINE TREE-like song with reserved vocals,piano and tasteful guitar.It does get fuller. "OM" is trippy and spacey with female vocals.Piano 3 1/2 minutes.Organ before 6 minutes as the sound builds.Some male spoken words come in briefly.It stops 9 minutes in and then a hidden track appears before 12 minutes.This one has an ethnic feel to it at first then it settles.Some prominant guitar and organ late. If i had to pick my top three they would be "Nervous Breakdown","Distant Cry" and "A Trip To Innerself".A must for psychedelic fans out there. SIDDHARTHA Siddhartha music reviews and MP3

Songs / Tracks Listing
1. A Trip to Innerself (10:29)
2. The Explorer (6:58)
3. Desert (3:34)
4. Kervan (4:28)
5. Baroque (4:00)
6. Nervous Breakdown (12:03)
7. Beyond Destiny (9:04)
8. Distant Cry (6:44)
9. Om (16:05)

Total Time 73:25
Line-up / Musicians
- Özgür Kurcan / vocals, guitars
- Ege Madra / guitars
- Ulas Akin / bass
- Volkan Yildirim / keyboards
- Orkun Öker / keyboards
- Kaan Sezgin / drums
- Nil Karaibrahimgil / vocals
- Kerem Özyegen / vocals
- Neslihan Engin / keyboards
- Berke Özcan / percussion
- Serkan Yilmaz / percussion 
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