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Rovo + System 7

Phoenix Rising

a-wave AAGWCD004 (2013)

Incredible blend of psychedelic, progressive jam band rock and techno. A dynamic true fusion of musics creating vibrantly new sounds. A fantastic double drummer rhythm section, Miquette's high-synth sensibilities and funkiness blending with Rovo's keyboards and synths, electric violin phrases to die for interweaving with Steve's by turns encouraging and soaring guitar lines. Beautiful gate-fold digipak with an 8 page full colour booklet insert.

It's sometimes Can-like, has deepest Hawk-jam moments, Pentagramaspinic echoes, muti-layered psychedelic space grooves, a brilliant cover of the Mahavishnu Orchestra's 'Meeting of the Spirits' (which is a long cherished desire of Steve's fulfilled), and in the end the embracing warm bliss and gentle re-entry of the Japanese hot spring inspired 'Unseen Onsen' - phew! With each successive track you think you have reached THE high point of the album - then along comes the next one and you realize - OMG - there's higher… a bloomin' mountain range of highs.

tracks

  1. Hinotori (album version)
  2. Love For The Phoenix
  3. Meeting of the Spirits
  4. Cisco (Phoenix Rising)
  5. Unbroken
  6. Sino Dub (Phoenix Rising)
  7. Unseen Onsen

personnel

  • Yuji Katsui violin, electric violin
  • Seiichi Yamamoto electric guitar
  • Yasuhiro Yoshigaki drums, percussion
  • Yoichi Okabe drums, percussion
  • Jin Harada bass
  • Tatsuki Masuko keyboards, synths
  • Steve Hillage & Miquette Giraudy