Shpongle
Museum of Consciousness


4.0
excellent

Review

by Acanthus USER (46 Reviews)
July 30th, 2013 | 178 replies


Release Date: 07/29/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Highly recommended to fans old and new alike.

After four years of touring Shpongle return with a new album, though much has changed. Music production isn't something for just enthusiasts anymore, and the tools needed to make an entire album in your bedroom are becoming increasingly available and affordable... yet this just makes Shpongle's return all the more welcome. In a time where more and more focus is put on commercialization and churning out quick hits Simon and Raja's latest work is a welcome breathe of fresh air wedded to nostalgia, and proves that the group isn't ready to become stagnant anytime soon.

With their long history of DIY techniques when it comes to almost every aspect of their music (the singing on Ineffable Mysteries was recorded live in India, the singer was found via their rickshaw driver), listening to a Shpongle album truly becomes more of an experience and less an act of just listening; the variety and amount of layered sounds is wonderfully engrossing even when not under the influence. One of the more immediately noticeable aspects of Museum Of Consciousness is the emphasis on the bass lines; the entire album is far more driven and upbeat when compare to its predecessor. This is a most welcome change, providing heft and even more of an inclination for the listener to dance or just let go (as well as even more replay-ability). The opening moments of “Juggling Molecule” are prime examples of this, with the tracks layered claps and vocal repetition complimenting this emphasis on bass perfectly and adding a sense of urgency that just seemed lacking in the groups previous album. Ambiance isn't forgotten however, “The Aquatic Garden Of Extra-Celestial Delights” should make longtime fans feel right at home as the duo channels moments from “Around The World In A Tea Daze” and “My Head Feels Like A Frisbee” to create a song that, while familiar, is poised to be a listener favorite.

Museum Of Consciousness is a surprising album, whenever I started to think that the band had begun to go back to their old ways or retread the same ground and structure something would appear to wash away my concerns; the rather funky guitar section on “Further Adventures In Shpongleland” completely changes the nature of the track, and when combined with the deep bass line later on the song really steps into its own. This also sets up the audience for some signature Shpongle moments that they may have not seen coming, and should have many fans smiling from ear to ear when they occur. Small changes like these, combined with the larger ones (the startlingly dark horn and string intro on “The Epiphany Of Mrs Kugla”, the almost trance-like vibe on “Tickling The Amygdala”) really cements the fact that while the duo really care about making each experience differ from the one they've created before. Coming after the predominantly laid back Ineffable Mysteries From Shpongleland, Museum Of Consciousness is a welcome change of pace and easily carves its niche in the Shpongle catalog; this is an album I highly recommend to old and new fans alike.



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Acanthus
July 29th 2013


9543 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

So this released today!

Full album via Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWpSbTdNMjk

Album can be found via iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/museum-of-consciousness/id658173957

And the preorder on the bands website is good until 7/30: http://www.kt8merch.com/store/pages/20849/__PRE_ORDER_-_Shpongle_-Museum_Of_Consciousness-_T-Shirt_Digital_Bundle.htm



Digging: The Knife - Deep Cuts

Acanthus
July 29th 2013


9543 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

And I will say that I wasn't too impressed with Ineffable Mysteries, but this is an entirely different beast (more like Tales of the Inexpressible for me).

zxlkho
July 29th 2013


3466 Comments


Yeah this rules

TheSpaceMan
July 29th 2013


2533 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good review man, have a pos

had no idea this was even coming out, gotta check! Anything rivaling Divine Moments of Truth lol?

Relinquished
July 29th 2013


25311 Comments


sweet

Acanthus
July 29th 2013


9543 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Hmm not too sure, this flows together more like an album and there were less standout tracks but many standout moments.

TheSpaceMan
July 29th 2013


2533 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

that sounds very promising then, when I jam Shpongle its almost always front to back

Eloriaz
July 29th 2013


703 Comments


I really need to get into Shpongle because I haven't heard any of their albums. You've got me curious. Acanthus, where should I start? ^^

Digging: Cern - Under Another Sky

Acanthus
July 29th 2013


9543 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah same here, this has some great flow to it.

mindleviticus
July 29th 2013


8298 Comments


HOLY SHIT

Acanthus
July 29th 2013


9543 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I was thinking more people would have, pretty excited that no one else did but by all means don't not review it on my account!

Nice to see all the high scores for this already too.

mindleviticus
July 29th 2013


8298 Comments


I had no fucking clue that it was going to be released today~! Getting now, holy shit. Is this the best fucking year ever for music or what?

Acanthus
July 29th 2013


9543 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

It's been a pretty great year, though I'm still playing catch up with the last two.

YourDarkAffected
Contributing Reviewer
July 29th 2013


1679 Comments


that album cover...

Digging: Carbon Based Lifeforms - World Of Sleepers

Deviant.
Staff Reviewer
July 29th 2013


31401 Comments


Haven't given this a lot of attention yet but I already prefer it to Ineffable...

I really need to get into Shpongle because I haven't heard any of their albums. You've got me curious. Acanthus, where should I start? ^^


Tales Of The Inexpressible


Digging: Objekt - Flatland

gypsyrick
July 29th 2013


204 Comments


I think it's weird that you mention the album's replayability on the day of its release, but good review otherwise.

Acanthus
July 29th 2013


9543 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@Eloriaz - My bad man, missed your request! As Dev said Tales Of The Inexpressible, it's how I got into the group (though I cheated and saw them live, was instantly sold). Easy to brand out from that album, it is really solid/iconic.

@YourDark - I honestly am not a fan of the album art, it really isn't fitting and seems too childish to my tastes.

@Thirty - I can only imagine what that would be like, they're a bit too laid back to me to roll to.

Acanthus
July 29th 2013


9543 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@Gypsy - People (on the youtube links and elsewhere) were already calling this just another set of psybient tracks, so I felt the need to address that this had far more replay value than they were giving it credit for (and I hardly ever listen to Ineffable, so it worked for that too). Sorry if it wasn't clearer!

Eloriaz
July 29th 2013


703 Comments


Thanks Acanth and Dev ;)
I'll start with that one then. Looking forward!

Acanthus
July 29th 2013


9543 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

@Thirty - I assumed as much, but I don't partake of hardly anything so it was all I had to compare it to.

@Eloriaz - Should have a fun time ahead of you, and if you get the chance later on go see them live!



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