Flynotes – The Smell of Space

by | Sep 26, 2016 | Articles | 0 comments

Another outstanding psychedelic doom record coming from Russia (with love), this time from an experimental instrumental band that goes by the name Flynotes, another example of music we’d be missing out on if the cold war hadn’t ended (and ironically another example of Russia’s nuclear capabilities…this time in the form of world-shattering guitar riffs).

From the very first track, Chrono, you’re taken to an other-worldly place of thick atmosphere shrouded in mystery and fantastic melody. What follows is the title track, and one of the coolest intros ever conceived by the genre, comprising of an acoustic guitar and mandolin duet that soon leads into a spacey progressive jam that lasts for the remainder of the album.

“The Smell of Space” is a very well conceived title; the countless layers of synth and phase/chorus/delay provide a cosmic experience that require no vocal accompaniment. In fact, this is one of those albums that would most likely be far less bad ass with some ego-maniacal vocalist attempting to pull off their best Robert Plant or Ozzy impersonation.

Their previous releases “Our Zoo” and “Shiva Telescopes” are also worth checking out — most especially the latter of the two — it’s more of the same great space rock, and a look back in time at the band’s progression.

The best part? You can name your price. And I’m a firm believer in bands that refuse to attach a dollar sign to their music.

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