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Japanese only release - very limited GAS stock.
Unique, powerfully dynamic and melodic combination of progressive jam band rock and techno
A rare opportunity to get marvelous Rovo releases outside Japan as I sell the remaining tour stock on behalf of the band. If you enjoyed the Rovo/System 7 Phoenix Rising dates this could be the release for you as it kicks off with 'Batis', the opening tune of their UK set - but really this outfit is so very good that any of their releases will give deep enjoyment.
As I become more familiar with Rovo's work the more I understand Steve Hillage's excitement about working with them on the 'Phoenix Rising' project, I really can't think of anything quite like them. For several years Rovo have run an MDT Festival - 'Man Driven Trance'. Not a term I was familiar with. However although major aspects of what they play falls into that category, I don't think it actually does their music full justice. There are invariably sections of their always enjoyably long and often driving, exploratory tracks which detour into the areas of almost free-jazz and deep electronica, but it always happens within the 'groove' and is often intertwined with sweet memorable melodies. In fact at times it's all rather Gong-like in vibe.
Very elegant tri-fold digipak with obi.
The band's web-site - www.rovo.jp - in English and Japanese.