Ostro

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  • Summary: This is the debut full-length release for the Italian duo of Gioele Valenti and Nicola Giunta.
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
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  1. Jun 20, 2014
    80
    Ostro is a very good album, and it's one that sticks with you the more you let it.
  2. 80
    ‘Archaic Revival’ is the centre-point though; nine minutes of tension-gripped, creeping bass and echoed mantras, its queasiness adds a weight of darkness to this mesmerising trip.
  3. Q Magazine
    Jun 20, 2014
    80
    Despite the hypnotic repetition at its core, it's surprisingly tuneful. [Jul 2014, p.109]
  4. Jun 20, 2014
    70
    Certainly there’s something mystical at work here, but, as with the rest of the album, the real fun is to be found when fully immersed in these hypnotic grooves.
  5. Jun 20, 2014
    70
    Although there's not much here to blow you away, it does seem that the Lay Llamas have stumbled upon a useful synthesis of those fashionable psych touchstones--repetitious afro, spacey synth kraut and churning fuzz guitar--which earns a rightful place amongst the rest of the crop.
  6. Jun 20, 2014
    70
    Gioele Valenti and Nicola Giunta have created an album that is not a gale, or a draught; it is an engaging, sonic zephyr.