The Good Library

Good

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Can Austrians freak out? Of course they can; psychedelic rock is not exclusive to the U.S. West Coast, after all. And the Good Library's CD Good is, well, good! When the group doesn't stray from the established rules of the genre (1990s version, i.e., with better production and occasionally a more crunchy sound), the result is top-quality mind-melting music. After all, what it takes is a good rhythmic drive, spacy synthesizers, good melodies, ethereal voices, and that special spirit to make sure things congeal in just the right way. This short album (barely over 30 minutes) is focused on songs rather than jams. Male and female vocals answer each other. The rhythm section (Danny Aue and Craig Dillon) can be rock-solid, twirling, pulsing, and driving like vintage Gong. The use of synths and special effects recalls Ebeling Hughes (unsung heroes of '90s U.S. psych). Highlighting tracks would not do justice to the album. Each track segues into the next (some being variations or extensions of previous themes) and the group drops the groove only once, on the closing "Maschinenatem." The intention to try something different, more experimental, is laudable by itself, but it simply doesn't work out, never reaching past the noodling stage. "Warm & Mystical," "Tokio Airport" (sic), and "The Man With the 14 Coloured Nipple" (this title is gold) are genuine indie psychedelia anthems. This title and the group's next opus, Dalai-Lemma, have been picked up for distribution by the U.S. label Zemira.

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