Krom Lek - Inspirational Floatation Compilation
(Falling A Records)
I find myself immersed in the ethereal concoction that is Krom Lek's "Inspirational Floatation Compilation." Originally released just before the turn of the century in 1999, this space-rock odyssey has been meticulously restored, remastered, and reissued on the Falling A Records label, finally gracing digital territory with its cosmic vibrations.
Krom Lek, hailing from Consett in County Durham, crafts a sonic tapestry that draws inspiration from the likes of Hawkwind, Hillage, Gong, and Ozrics. Their unique blend of space rock and psychedelia, adorned with an aboriginal touch through the unconventional use of a bogeridoo, sets them apart. Yes, you read that right – a bogeridoo! The inclusion of flutes, spaced-out guitars, and a bass player who emerges audibly from the cosmic mix adds depth to their soundscapes.
The band, comprising Dave (guitar, keyboards & vocals), Tonksy (flute, sax & vocals), Bazz (bass, bogeridoo, percussion, keyboards & vocals), and John (drums, percussion, keyboards & vocals), orchestrates a seamless flow of tracks that transcend time. The synergy extends to accomplices like Wiggy, Tim Jones, Terri~B, and Steve Ellis, who contribute to the sonic alchemy.
Krom Lek's music is likened to druids weaving through the urban landscape, gathering sounds that bring peace to the modern soul. The blend of Irish folk sounds, rock rhythms, and tight guitar riffs creates a foggy, future-bound atmosphere, akin to the style of Phil Manzanera.
The flute takes centre stage, infusing richness and allure, promising a bright future for the band. Jazz and reggae influences provide a head-bopping, toe-tapping beat, reminiscent of festie bands like Nukli and Omnia Opera. The male and female vocal combos, resembling Daevid Allen's whimsy, add a delightful dimension, and the experimental segments showcase the band's willingness to push boundaries.
"Inspirational Floatation Compilation" is a captivating collection of Krom Lek's early musical journey, recorded between 1993-1995. For those seeking a cosmic journey through trippy spacerock with a touch of jazz, this album is a must, a testament to the enduring spirit of Krom Lek.
There is a great video for one of the tracks, September Skies ... it can be found here: September Skies