Shpongle
The God Particle


4.0
excellent

Review

by Jacob Royal STAFF
April 26th, 2012 | 31 replies | 6,692 views


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Shpongle have a full-on love affair with electronics, and I'm not complaining one bit.

Psychedelic duo Shpongle have an admirable number of releases under their belt, but what they’re most recognized for is onstage insanity. There’s something ineffable about their music, something enigmatic that makes for a fantastic live show, and when considering the measures taken (flashing lights, belly dancers, gargantuan sets, etc.) by Shpongle, they appear as if they were meant to be performers. And while their virtuosic grasp of the art of visual entertainment says wonders about their dedication to their music, it also can reflect a bit negatively on their albums. Let’s face it - getting Shpongled is more difficult in less euphoric circumstances. I’ve only encountered a few specific instances, for example, where Ineffable Mysteries from Shpongleland hasn’t felt incredibly out of place in the context of my daily life. Of course, this isn't a fault on Shpongle’s behalf, when considering their emphasis on world music. However, it’s incredibly fitting that with their latest release titled The God Particle the duo focus on ubiquitous dance beats accompanied by a pervading atmosphere and brooding bass. After all, these common characteristics of dance music have been omnipresent in their heritage but never fleshed out this extensively.

Electronics are very important on The God Particle, and the lack of organic instruments is foreign terrain for Shpongle. Instead of world vocal samples or flute melodies, the focal point of the music now is the basslines, an interesting commentary on the duo taking what they like from the modern dance scene. However, the music present is still strictly the ambient yet jarring style we've grown to expect from Shpongle. Although the timbre has been altered a few notches, we still have the same danceable tracks we've always had, and this is why a group of such caliber only continues to flourish under the neon glow of raves and and clubs from year to year.

Honestly, the only major fault of The God Particle is its pacing. the songs either flounder from too much time dwelling on the same ideas, or they shift dramatically when a good idea is just cranking up and the rug's pulled out from under its feet. But perhaps it's a little much to expect the group to follow up their last full-length properly, not to mention that The God Particle is indicative of a new group. Shpongle's willing to tinker with their sound just enough to keep the long-term fans happy whilst enticing new listeners. It's high time to get Shpongled again, friends, and I've got an extra ticket.



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Omaha
Staff Reviewer
April 26th 2012



9468 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Shpongle's consistency hasn't faltered in the slightest.

Before the Big Bang: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QjqnBPGLDpA

The God Particle: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jwRPHHIyhWw

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Maniac!
April 26th 2012



26187 Comments


cool

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
April 26th 2012



9468 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

You like Shpongle, Maniac?

ThroneOfAgony
April 26th 2012



3485 Comments


Man, Shpongle is such a good group. I only have TOTI and IMFS, but I need to get this

ThroneOfAgony
April 26th 2012



3485 Comments


Oh and nice review too


Omaha
Staff Reviewer
April 26th 2012



9468 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Ineffable is so damn great. You'll like this for sure, Throne

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
April 26th 2012



9468 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

and thank you x)

Fluttertrank
April 26th 2012



16925 Comments


Shpongle, what a funny name.

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ThroneOfAgony
April 26th 2012



3485 Comments


their music is incredible though

WashboardSuds
April 26th 2012



4884 Comments


never got into them

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SgtPepper
Staff Reviewer
April 26th 2012



4337 Comments


Good review, Omaha. and yes this is a psychedelic joy. Pos'd.

klap
Staff Reviewer
April 26th 2012



9993 Comments


got shpongled twice last year it was great

Omaha
Staff Reviewer
April 26th 2012



9468 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Thanks Paperback! You heard this one?

Rudy, very jealous of that. If they come around Atlanta anytime soon I'll definitely be there

AND YES!

Graveyard
April 26th 2012



5385 Comments


i shpongled your mom last nite



Omaha
Staff Reviewer
April 26th 2012



9468 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

You took her to a concert of theirs? Where?!

Ending
April 26th 2012



1859 Comments


Can't wait for their next album! These guys are great.

Acanthus
April 27th 2012



9506 Comments


Going to see these guys in a few weeks, should be cool.

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Rev
April 27th 2012



9291 Comments


Raja Ram is my hero

Acanthus
April 27th 2012



9506 Comments


He's a real dick about music piracy however.

scissorlocked
April 27th 2012



3479 Comments


cosmic unity with no music piracy is unacceptable

nice review man, I so want to get sphongled once

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