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Astrakhan: Adrenaline Kiss album review

Album Review

Pucker up for this highly promising Swedish act.

Swedish prog hardly needs any more great bands to strengthen its reputation, but Astrakhan are one of the country’s most promising acts. Adrenaline Kiss not only builds on the distinctive bombast of 2013’s Retrospective debut, it adds more layers and aesthetic touches to what is an already crowded but ruthlessly organised sonic vista. The eight-minute sprawl of Silver Dreams is a case in point: initially a brusque and precise prog anthem, it twists and turns through bursts of psychedelic misdirection and the omnipresent shimmer of analogue keys, ending with a Yes-like shamanic twinkle.

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