no man's land Home In the Sky (CD, £4.95)label: Anazitisi Records
No Man's Land, a band from Athens, Greece, whose music defies easy categorization but for the sake of simplicity could be said to belong to the ever-elusive realm of psychedelic rock, have been around since the late eighties. After almost a decade of activity, which included hundreds of gigs as well as the release of an LP and an EP ("Zalion" and "The Reality Trip" respectively, gems still much sought-after among connoisseurs), the band decided to embark on a lengthy hiatus, during which the individual members pursued various other, mainly musical, interests. Then, in 2002, three of the five original members got together, started writing new songs and rehearsing. The gigs soon followed. What emerged was essentially a new band, which drew on its past while concentrating on its future: new members (drums, keyboards, violin, trumpet) arrived to weave their magic and shape new music and songs which incorporate sundry diverse elements without ever sounding all over the place. No Man's Land's vision lies beyond the hype, beyond the easy-listening pretensions of today's forgettable post-indie mainstream. Their live shows are showcases of energy, excitement and unpredictability, as those who have experienced them will readily testify. And now, at last, their new album is ready. Psychedelic space funk, avant psych - rock, call it what you will - we call it music to dream and groove to. Includes 16-pages inser in Super Jewel Case Box.
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