[Reviewed by: Iaha Crax]
Before the album “Solar Drone Ceremony”, Neptunian Maximalism has offered “Eons” one of the most challenging and courageous avant-garde music ever. They boosted an authentic composition style by overdriving a plethora of atmospheric genres and thus imagining a musical universe yet unparalleled.
This Belgian community of musicians who call themselves “cultural engineers” take sounds freely out of their instruments and wonderfully let them find their way into a mutual paradigm that is created and reinvented on the spot.
More inclined towards Pink Floyd or Hawkwind than Amen (Sun)-Ra or Aluk Todolo on this album, they share the spiritual background of the bombastic and absurd hindu pantheon. Belgium has become a land of such abstract forgers into the depths of the unconscious and it has always been a privileged realm for the avant-garde painters or writers, twisting artistic expression to separate it from other inclinations of the human art.
“Solar Drone Ceremony” is in fact a live documentation of a show they had in Brussels, 2020. They enchant by building layers of voices, guitars, sax, percussions, saz and synths, overdubbed and amplified to create a world of continuously reinventing sounds. It is not about an exploration of their music, instead you are emerged in the repetitive patterns that organize the fluctuations of the mind into a circular depersonalized inner state. Intriguing as it may seem, we witness a jammed ceremony that is shockingly spiritual and agnostic in appearance and aims to reconnect the soul to a devotional chain where this kind of music stands for the strongest link. Needless to say, “Solar Drone Ceremony” is part of a greater current which we could rename as the reloaded psychedelic revolution.
The LP/DVD seems sold-out, instead you can still have the digital release from the Neptunian Maximalism Bandcamp page.