Igra Staklenih Perli, from Belgrade, Serbia, created a mind-expanding brew of space rock in the late 1970s, though various disasters kept their two albums released during that time from being top notch. Drives, on the other hand, delivers the goods quite nicely, with four long tracks that recall the spacier side of Pink Floyd, Tangerine Dream, and especially with the metronomic rhythm section, the legendary German band Can. The album was conceived from some 1977 recordings with additional guitar and keyboard added in 1992 from a couple of the band members, done mostly in one take on a two-track without a lot of gimmickry, so as not to mess too much with the spirit of the original material. The circular percussions are deceptively simple, the precise throbbing bass stays steady while keyboard and guitar fly out into vast reaches of space, on this free-flowing, primarily instrumental effort. The record does contain a smattering of vocals, done often through an echo effect, and on "?Crazee-Lazee?" the voice sings in a Damo Suzuki-like scat, which further cements the Can influence. Some of the sound from the original tapes is a bit murky and lo-fi, but that only enhances the underground vibe.
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AllMusic Review by Rolf Semprebon