At the beginning of 2013 Selim Lemouchi dissolved his psych metal band The Devil's Blood, now the Dutchman presents with "Earth Air Spirit Water Fire" the debut album of his new project Selim Lemouchi And His Enemies. There's nothing more to be heard of metal here, the ten-minute opener "Chiaroscuro" surprises much more with flawless spacer rock including massive grooves, beeping synths and echoing vocals. Only the female voice (Lemochi's sister Farida) does not fit the illusion of the early Hawkwind. Also the three-minute "Next Stop, Universe B" (by far the shortest of the five tracks) whirls through space with a glittering guitar. But then Lemouchi changes course. Spherical Artrock à la Pink Floyd and Walls Of Guitar as with 35007 dominate. "The Deep Dark Waters" with its relaxed midtempo rhythm - in a positive sense - is lulling before an epic guitar solo breaks loose, a foretaste of the final climax: "Molasses" is a celebration for all art rock guitar freaks over its entire 13 minutes.
Top Track: Molasses