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Mark Refoy was an integral part of Spiritualized in the early 90's, providing guitar on that band's landmark 'Lazer Guided Melodies' album. Since then Refoy has been plying his trade in Slipstream; a group entrenched in similar space-rock/psychedelia trappings of Jason Pierce's band. 'Transcendental' is the band's fourth album. Interestingly some of the songs possess an immediacy and uncluttered sound that makes Spiritualized's later work seem overblown; whether that's due to a far more restricting recording budget or Refoy's choice is debatable but it's an approach that befits the melodies on show. Apart from a notable lull in the middle of the album the melodies are fine and memorable; it's easy to imagine Echo And The Bunnymen's Will Sergeant playing the guitar parts of 'Deep In The Night', 'Tonight's The Night' is reminiscent of 'I'd Like To Teach The World To Sing' whilst 'I Know Nothing' melds 60's Brit-rock to spacey atmospherics. Even the repetitive jangly guitar line of 'Lost In Space' doesn't outstay its welcome during its head-spinning eight minutes. Bolstered by some impressive remixes by the ever-prolific Yellow6, Refoy and his bandmates have produced an interestingly varied psychedelic album that isn't as reverential to his former employers as one would expect.
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  Track Listing
01 Everything And Anything (Fully Re-Mastered)
02 Just You And Me
03 Hearing Voices
04 Sophies Blues
05 Tonight's The Night
06 Pulsar
07 Midnight Train (Harmonica Mix)
08 I Know Nothing
09 Healing Hands
Standout Track Deep In The Night
11 Lost In Space
12 Afterburn
13 Clare's Ghost

Standout Track = Standout Track

  CD2 (Yellow6 Remix Bonus CD) Track Listing
01 Hearing Voices
02 Sophies Blues
03 Pulsar

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