OZRIC TENTACLES REVEAL ‘DEEP BLUE SHADE’19th October 2023 0 By John Deaux
After unveiling the title track and single ‘Lotus Unfolding’, now mere days away from the full album’s release on October 20th the band treated fans to ‘Deep Blue Shade’.
The video, created by Steve McKeown aka Magic Lantern, who was responsible for creating the visual paradise of the album’s front cover (socials) expands on the aural tapestry in ‘Deep Blue Shade’. Using the colour blue as an anchor point, the video’s illustrations oscillate between desert plains, mushroom skies and all manner of geometric oddities that take you through life and the universe itself.
Waves of synthesizers wash over the listener as we’re once more led into the lush and wondrous world of Ozric Tentacles. Here, guitars soar overhead and electronics reign supreme, conjuring all manner of psychedelic vistas. Where previously the focus might have been more on licks and melody here we’re shown the musical dexterity and the coexistence of synthesizers alongside Ed’s signature guitar playing style. ‘Deep Blue Shade’ also showcases the effortless drums that accompany the album with cymbal flourishes and flight footed beats present throughout. Lose yourself in the blue!
Ed Wynne comments on the song:
“Here’s another taster from our forthcoming new album Lotus Unfolding. Deep Blue Shade may possibly work as a welcome harmonic shelter in case things are getting a little musically dazzling out there…it could be necessary depending on which way up your ears are.”
The album was recorded, written and produced in their own Blue Bubble studio in Fife during 2022 – 2023 by Ed Wynne with a little sonic help from Silas. Mastered by Adam Goodlet and illustrated with some nicely detailed ethereal artwork by Steve McKeown and Sally Clark.
Lotus Unfolding is another sonically illustrated excursion through the musical realms the band have explored in their latest chapter. Album opener ‘Storm In A Teacup’ kicks the album off in spectacular style traversing the realms of time and space with flair and virtuosic poise. It’s followed by the groove-driven ‘Deep Blue Shade’, whose melodies are vividly brought to life by trademark Ed Wynne’s exquisite guitar playing. This is swiftly accompanied by the serene title track – as close to a musical yoga session at the centre of the hippocampus you’ll ever experience.
Lotus Unfolding lineup consists of Ed Wynne (Guitars, Synth and Bass) and Silas Wynne (Modular Synth and Keyboards) . Alongside Ed and Silas are Brandi Wynne (bass), Saskia Maxwell (Flute), Tim Wallander (Drums) and Paul Hankin (Percussion).
Lotus Unfolding will be available on CD Digipak, Limited Marble LP with limited die-cut sleeve, Blue LP also with limited die-cut sleeve, Black LP and available digitally.
Preorder HERE https://ozrictentacles.lnk.to/Lotus_Unfolding
Coming up shortly, Ozric Tentacles will be bringing their signature brand of tripped out instrumental Rock to the masses alongside label mates Gong in November for an extensive UK tour that will pick back up in March of 2024, suitably titled ‘The Last Blast Tour’.
Pick up tickets here: https://ozrics.com/live-shows/
UK TOUR W/ GONG – NOVEMBER 2023
17th November – Oxford, O2 Academy2
18th November – London, O2 Forum with The Crazy World of Arthur Brown
19th November – Manchester, O2 Ritz
20th November – Sheffield, O2 Academy2
21st November – Colchester, Arts Centre
23rd November – Northampton, Roadmenders
24th November – Bristol, O2 Academy
25th November – Gloucester, Guildhall
26th November – Birmingham, O2 Academy2
28th November – Brighton, Chalk
29th November – Norwich, Epic Studios
30th November – Bournemouth, O2 Academy
1st December – From, Cheese & Grain
2nd December – Liverpool, O2 Academy
UK TOUR W/ GONG– MARCH 2024
7th March – Exeter, The Phoenix
8th March – Falmouth, Princess Pavilion
9th March – Lyme Regis, Marine Theatre
10th March – Cardiff, The Globe
11th March – Swansea, Patti Pavilion
13th March – Southampton, The 1865
14th March – Margate, Dreamland
15th March – Hull, The Welly
16th March – Nottingham, Rescue Rooms
17th March – Stockton-on-Tees, Georgian Theatre
18th March – Lincoln, Engine Shed
20th March – Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
21st March – Newcastle, University
22nd March – Glasgow, St. Luke’s
23rd March – Edinburgh, Summerhall
About Ozric Tentacles:
One of the most influential bands to emerge from the UK’s festival scene, Ozric Tentacles formed during the solstice at Stonehenge Free Festival 1983, going on to become psychedelic staples at Glastonbury and other festivals. The creative vision of multi-instrumentalist Ed Wynne, the Ozrics’ uniquely trippy soundscapes connect fans of progressive rock, psychedelia and dance music culture.
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