Elscientisto - "Moonsick EP"
(Elscientisto Music 2003)

Uploaded to Aural Innovations: November 2003

Elscientisto is the solo project of Massachusetts space rocker Shawn Michael Ross. Seeking to create psychedelic rock with a spacey, improvisational bent, Ross has produced the Moonsick EP. Space Rake, kicks things off with a quirky jam, the guitar notes falling in descending showers while synths creak eerily beneath them, but at about the 2 Ĺ-minute mark, it explodes into a blistering space jam built around a catchy, almost funky riff, with the eerie synths still moaning underneath. Trapezium, on the other hand, is a lazy, languid, late night excursion, with weeping psychedelic guitar and gurgling, fuzzing, seductively moaning electronics. Miles rounds off the EPís 23-minutes of music with an oozing cross between murky, industrial glitchcore and funky psychedelic guitar explorations. I thought Space Rake was the best of these tracks. Ross shows on that track he has a definite feel for energetic space rock, and the hook that drives the piece is a real winner. The latter two tracks are a little darker and more adventurous, and display Rossís talents as a creative ambient explorer as well.

For more information you can visit the Elscientisto web site at: http://elscientisto.com.
Email at: info@elscientisto.com.
Contact via snail mail c/o Shawn Michael Ross; 71 Hale St; Beverly, MA 01915.

Reviewed by Jeff Fitzgerald

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