Malmö’s Salma Gandhi bring their debut of ‘stonerjazz,’ The Quest for Nonsense Never Ends, to Transubstans. The Quest for Nonsense Never Ends lives up to thelabel, bubbling with a bouncing and active bottom end, frothy keys, and some groovy swagger and spacey swing. There’s a heavy dose of proggy space rock holding it all together, with songs flowing and butting into each other for a long sonic thread that stays open and breezy for all the activity going on. Salma Gandhi compliment the stonerjazz stride with some off-kilter almost Primus-like wobble that puts even more of an arty twist on the workouts. Logically, a sense of humor is clear through the whole offering…sly, winking and fully aware of the pitfalls that open up if not played seriously. If they weren’t, they wouldn’t pull off titles like Audio Killed The Stereo Video and Paranoid Cow On A Mushroom Lawn. The Quest for Nonsense Never Ends offers more than a knee-jerk reaction to well-played joke. There’s plenty of no-nonsense goods being laid down to keep the elevation up, from proggy workouts and breaks, to the self-described stonerjazz flare ups and the requisite creation of space rather than just taking it up. Or worse yet, just filling it up. The proof is in their own pudding time on one of the longest cuts, Santa Da Luna Pa Ruskie, a lengthy run that puts them on full display without the need to fill very nook and cranny just because they can. The languid pace, space-blues guitar, twinkling and vibrating keys…straight-faced as you can get, and still mischievous. The same can be said for the whole platter, and especially the other lengthiest cut that puts Salma Gandhi up in full wingspan, Linus Plus Minus Linus; a stellar slow-climb workout that builds into a heady Floyd-flavored gas cloud. If you want some full progessive leaning space rock without the often found self-imposed seriousness, your quest can take a breather here…minus the hot air.
Marshmallow Space Station Track 8 B Or 381 C :: Salma Gandhi :: The Quest for Nonsense Never Ends (2012, Transubstans)
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