Samsara Blues Experiment 'One With The Universe' Album Review

With their influences on social media stated that as “inner voices and the outer spheres”, Samsara Blues Experiment’s sound is something which, similarly to this unorthodox quote, is also thoroughly  transcendental. Seeing flavours of stoner metal, blues, psychedelia and even indian raga, this uncommon blend is something which overall, simply cannot be contained within one mere category. 

Within numerous SBE tracks, one could say that there’s never a singular moment which is especially notable. However, as derogatory as this may sound, it’s in fact that each song is so indescribably rich, that there’s never a moment where their music falls beneath anything other than extraordinary. In other words, it’s the universal journey, the entire listen of a track, from start to finish, which makes the experience so profitable. It’s the crossing from what we consider reality, to the depths of our very consciousness; the voyage between, or the inevitable trip.

From the meditative, unearthly sounds of Long Distant Trip to the slightly heavier works of Revelation & Mystery, SBE have yet again channeled their otherworldly dexterity for their latest release of One With The Universe.  

As previously described, SBE have an aptitude for creating trance-inducing, reflective tracks. With only five songs listed on the record, it’s fair to say that the majority is of an over-indulgent length. Lengthy they may be, it’s this very indulgence which builds such a haze-like aroma, with numerous, beautifully-toned, swirling guitars, tied against frequent drones and mesmerising solos - it’s impossible not to get absorbed. 

Beginning with quiet, isolated ocean waves, ’Vipassana’ grows from a deep, prowling bass-line and timid, rumbling drums, into a rising-and-falling guitar and indian raga duo-melody. The track eventually ventures into multiple, gloriously technical sections, easily comparable with bands such as Mastodon. ‘Glorious Daze’ commences with a soft, mediative drone, joined delicately with sensual guitar jamming and bluesy vocals, leading listeners into something perhaps eliciting much of the track’s title. 

‘One With The Universe’, reaching just over 15 minutes long is by far the most aberrant on the album. With a mystical, drone-like choir running along the track’s spine, eerie bass tied with a swaying rhythm is soon introduced, playing silkily with elegant guitars, weaving and swirling around each other in a psychedelic vortex. Technical, heavy, bass lines highlight various areas of the track, bringing to minds groups such as Opeth. The lyrics, dark and brooding, evoke something of a mysterious, bluesy, love ballad “and when the air smells like soft summer rain, and our moves will be like pure poetry, if you’d only come back to me”. Evolving into what appears to be a proper blues jam, an organ flickers over the main body, of warm, full-bodied bass, soaring, gnawing guitar and concise drumming. 

The last track of the record, ‘Eastern Sun and Western Moon’ starts off with an alien, spacey introduction of peculiar warping, delicate solitary guitar dances over the tranquil drone, joined by soft, dark drums. 

One With The Universe is a record to behold and dive meticulously into. Each song is a beautiful journey, continuously evolving, never once ceasing in its hypnotic and ineffable lavishness. However, it is recommended that the album is numerously repeated, as it’s most definitely not fully absorbable in just one sitting.

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