The Psychedelic Schafferson Jetplane – “The Psychedelic Schafferson Jetplane” (2010) review
Drawing the group’s name [though this could very well be the work of a single visionary person] from the historic psychedelic band The Jefferson Airplane, this Chilean experience, The Psychedelic Schafferson Jetplane offer up a bit of 60’s hazy intoxication, but only so much as Spacemen 3 did in the 90’s, creating a new atmosphere that shares a kindred spirit for haunting musical delights, ethereal rhythmic meanderings and sonic layering that moves the music forward, though staying true to a warm scripted environment laced with a penchant for substances of the hypnotic nature.
For the most part, the album is a fine mix of inherent relaxation based on an ambient acid blues psychedelic vision of pastoral dreamscape enchantment, and it was all recorded on quarter inch 16 track analog equipment, including vintage guitars and drums, claiming that no digital technology was used in the making of this record. That being said, why so many bands of this nature seem to feel it necessary to venture into the ah-la Pink Floyd affected intros and outtros to each song is bewildering to me. Yes, these effects [which are actually affectations] may come off enchanting on the first couple of listens, though after repeated plays, they begin to wear, sending me to the editing machine where I’ve filtered them out, creating an effortless perfect prescription, unable to shake me from my slumber.
Nevertheless, this is a collection of material that shouldn’t be overlooked, especially if one is inclined for a couch-bound adventure into the sub-tropics of your mind.
*** Not to be missed on any account is the song “Blessings From The Reptiles,” a song completely raptured in the haze of San Francisco at its high water mark.
– Jenell Kesler
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