Ineffable Mysteries From Shpongleland
Released: Nov 2009
Label: Twisted Records Ltd
The U.K.'s Shpongle make a case for their popularity in Israel -- the global seat of psytrance -- with an album brimming with Middle Eastern scales and keening flute and string melodies. Incorporating influences that range from minimal techno to Aphex-styled breaks to breezy Balearica, the band offers a mixture of high-energy intensity and hypnotic moodiness, with frequent forays into psychedelic jams festooned with the unabashed excess of '70s prog rock.