Samsara Blues Experiment
Waiting For The Flood


4.0
excellent

Review

by Raul Stanciu STAFF
November 14th, 2013 | 56 replies | 6,839 views


Release Date: 11/14/2013 | Tracklist

Review Summary: And we're waiting, we're waiting, we're waiting...

Samsara Blues Experiment's highly successful debut, Long Distance Trip, was a blessing and a curse at the same time. In less than a year, they have become one of the most sought after acts on Europe's psychedelic rock scene, playing dozens of shows and headlining all the genre's major festivals. Since the album was a perfect blend of soaring and moody riffs, complemented by various sitar and organ tweaks, the pieces fused to create an all-encompassing journey that's still as effective today as it was on the day of the release. However, when the band started wandering in different territories to spread their sonic palette with Revelation & Mystery, they've been backstabbed by those fans who were anxious for a second part of LDT and refused to digest anything else. Even if as a whole that record isn't as memorable as the predecessor, it focused on certain musical aspects and improved them, thus paving the way for a more complex project.

Two years later, the long awaited return, Waiting For The Flood, brings the best of both worlds. The members have all evolved in every possible way: the expansive instrumentals are carefully constructed even if they feel loose and Christian Peters' diabolical, wizard-like prophecies are at their most elaborate and processed yet. The title track portrays best all the improvements, starting with a laid-back jam, occasionally growing to a harder-edged groove, until the bass takes the lead and the pace changes, to reveal a cool, playful coda. The voice mostly follows the music, but it provides the necessary boost for the listening experience. The other tracks share similar structures, with multiple changes and variations, yet each has that something to keep it interesting. The effects-soaked middle segment of 'Shringara', interspersed with heavy riffing, is mesmerizing and once more the vocals take it to a different level, while 'Brahmin's Lament' features Eastern sitar leads that accompany the rather dissonant main rhythm before dissolving into an extended, feedback-laden finale. Every bit is carefully placed and constructed, so that it really creates a universe of its own.

Still, even if Waiting For The Flood is a strong record that rivals the already classic debut, it feels more like a consolidation of strengths. There is progress in arrangement and the flawless delivery, however, you can't get past the fact they aimed first of all to please all the fans who weren't content with R & M. They took the more immediate, heavier structures and gave them the initial format: slow starts with different layers and detours added. This way everyone would find something to enjoy. In other words, they started with a broad vision, but at some point decided to retrace their route back to the comfort zone. Nevertheless, the result is impressive and the aforementioned detail is more apparent and important to those who still can't get over Long Distance Trip. This record manages to truly stand on its own and one can only hope Samsara Blues Experiment continue to drop such high quality in the future.



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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
November 14th 2013



3164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

One of the koolest psychedelic rock albums of the year. They can't ever fail.

Stream it here - http://samsarabluesexperiment.bandcamp.com/

Digging: Chevelle - La Gargola

ImmortalPaper
November 14th 2013



98 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Picked this up yesterday but havent had a chance to listen yet, excited as sheeeut.

Digging: Gilliam - Gilliam EP

TheBarber
November 14th 2013



791 Comments


Good review, album is really cool even if I'm not to big on the vocals

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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
November 14th 2013



3164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks. I like the vocals, they sound really epic and fit the music.

TheBarber
November 14th 2013



791 Comments


I think they just seem a bit clumsy, definitly the weakest aspect of the record imo. Other than that this riffs

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
November 14th 2013



3164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The tone might be a bit divisive. I like that Peters worked on his singing, because on the first record it was more raw.

bloc
November 14th 2013



34500 Comments


Damn gotta dl this

Digging: He Is Legend - I Am Hollywood

Nagrarok
November 14th 2013



7966 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Nice review, this one seems interesting so I'll need to give it a listen.

Underflow
November 14th 2013



2185 Comments


I'll have to check this. Good review by the way.

Digging: Freddie Gibbs and Madlib - Pinata

Mad.
November 14th 2013



2934 Comments


Awesome album, and as always, awesome review. I love how you can always get everything you need to say down in a few paragraphs that makes it really easy and accessible to read.

Think I'm seeing them live tomorrow

Mad.
November 15th 2013



2934 Comments


They were feckin awesome live, so damn loud though, vocals were pretty raw

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
November 16th 2013



3164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

That sounds great. I too hope I'll catch them sometime next year again. Was there another band opening for them?

manosg
November 16th 2013



4713 Comments


Their debut's solid so I'll give this one a listen. Fine review too.

Digging: Jan Akkerman - Tabernakel

Mad.
November 16th 2013



2934 Comments


Alunah and Stubb were supporting but I missed them :/ it was my first stoner rock concert so it was quite eye-opening, what the music sounds like, what the people are like etc

TheBarber
November 16th 2013



791 Comments


Yeah I dig stoner gigs, great atmosphere and people

Mad.
November 16th 2013



2934 Comments


It's alright until you're getting shoved by the 'enthusiasts' but yeah, all the people seemed great an friendly. The best bit was when the guitarists fist-pumped after the end of the longest song, might have been Double Freedom

Insomiac, request a feature for this man

TheBarber
November 16th 2013



791 Comments


What do you mean by "shoved by the enthusiasts"?

Mad.
November 16th 2013



2934 Comments


Ya know, the guys (and girl) who get really into the music and start letting it 'take control' of their bodies

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
November 16th 2013



3164 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Stoner gigs are friendly. I don't think there are many mosh pits. There was one at Karma To Burn's gig here in town, but wasn't a real stomp.

TheBarber
November 16th 2013



791 Comments


Yeah, we had Nick Olvieri with Mondo Generator in august and when he played kyuss songs or millionaire there were insta-moshes, great ones too



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