The Hidden Step

    Track List
  • Holohedron
  • The Hidden Step
  • Ashlandi Bol
  • AraManu
  • Pixel Dream
  • Tight Spin
  • Ta Khut

Here is what the press had to say.

"Ozric Tentacles are today's successors to the classic jam bands of the 70s like Man, Hawkwind and Steve Hillage-era Gong. This is instrumental music that lets you create your own mental videos, and pyramids are strictly optional. Guitar, flute and synth combine to produce seven spacey tracks that certainly impress. Take my advice and take that hidden step."
-Classic Rock (4/5)

"The Somerset experimentalists come into their own with this stunning album of prog-drenched ambience."
- Record Collector, Best New Albums of 2000 for 'The Hidden Step'

"The Hidden Step is a must for fans of all things diverse and sub-scene; and as for the rest of us, the intrigue alone is reason enough for a listen. They are masters of their craft."
- Hot Press

"Deep riffs happily co-exist with sensitive flute and chiming bells. Ozric Tentacles' music is still imbued with a positive energy that's sometimes hard to resist."
- Q Magazine

"A truly international band in appeal, the Tentacles offer instrumental music which neatly transcends cultures and physical boundaries around the world. This had led to a huge audience of loyal fans and all of them are going to love this album, but more importantly this one could appeal to even more. Try listening to this while playing Tomb Raider for a truly atmospheric experience."
- Guitarist (4/5)

The Hidden Step (Stretchy Records)
Ozric Tentacles
by David Lilly

A synthesizer stone plops into the water, creating sonic ripples and signaling the aural dawn of a new musical day. A dazzling synthesizer sun awakes the horizon, stretches and rises, gushing from the speakers like a large fountain of multicolored water being turned on. A lone guitar note sounds abruptly and lingers, inviting others to follow, scattering the landscape like electric flowers and shrubs sprouting and growing at a frantic pace. Psychedelic butterflies flutter here and there. Thus begins “Holohedron,” the first song on The Hidden Step, the Ozric Tentacles’ contribution to the year 2000.
To my knowledge, at this point the Ozrics have not married their music to film. Ironic, since their sound almost BEGS to be put to film. They play psychedelic-experimental music, sound nothing like Pink Floyd, yet their music could score a film as well as the Floyd’s has. Many Ozric songs are short aural films of their own.
The foundation of the Ozric sound is an often galloping, sometimes sprinting, and always-solid rhythm section. All around that are various other sounds from guitars and synthesizers (and other exotic instrumentation) that evoke the drizzling of big rain drops, swishing, swirling, fireworks-like sparkling, dancing dust, symphonic wailing, a wheezing manual air pump, birds howling in the distance, and electric nails shaking inside a tin can. The closest the Ozrics get to sounding mainstream is during “Pixel Dream,” which could almost pass for 70’s radio-friendly prog, except that it is far too adventurous for the stifling confines of commercial radio (though college radio is an avenue for airplay, and of course any Progressive Rock ‘net radio station).
The last song, “Ta Khut,” flows with a real Eastern Indian flavor, beginning with subtle, exotic and soothing wind chimes and a gliding, belly-dancing flute. Arabian guitar dances through the middle, followed by ethereal and glittering synths picking up where the guitar drifts into silence, until gradually all drift into silence as the CD reaches the end.