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The undisputed champions of the middle eastern psych rock return with Transporter, their third album to date.
After 2 years trotting the globe and playing over 150 live shows, Ouzo Bazooka returned to the studio a tight knot radiating with ideas and inspiration to create what just might be their most cohesive work to date.
Suspiciously smelling like a mix of prohibited substances and powerful homebrewed potions, Transporter manages to effortlessly be a lot of things, that in a similar universe, contradict each other: it is psychedelic, but accessible. It is adventurous and creatively free spirited, but also filled with anthems waiting to be discovered, like the optimistic but mischievous It’s A Sin or Space Camel, the perfect soundtrack for your desert soul searching adventure. The sound is recognizable, but simultaneously an exception and expansion of the band’s creative palette.
Stylistically the album can be weighed for the sum of its parts; it is indebted to the Anatolian psych rock legends of the 70’s, crossbreeding with surf rock’s wildest moments and the sounds of the middle eastern ecosystem it sprang up from. But make no mistake, Transporter is its own beast - bursting with untamed creativity, refined songwriting, wild instrumentation and mind-bending, multi-layered production.
There is a sense of discovery when listening to the album unfold. It channels humid back alleys and smokey dark clubs. Like gaining a backdoor VIP entrance to a forbidden, sweaty fuzz party where vails are removed, vices are tested and secret desires fulfilled. Filled with hidden jewels, the album is fun and surprisingly positive despite the density and weight of its grooves. First and foremost, it is a monument in Ouzo Bazooka’s sonic journey and an epic new chapter in the band’s story.
Ouzo Bazooka was formed in Tel Aviv by Uri Brauner Kinrot, who grew up on the sunny shores of the mediterranean sea and has been active in the music scene for over a decade, shaping the sound of influential local groups as well as the critically acclaimed mediterranean surf band Boom Pam (currently collaborating with Turkish psychedelic-folk legend Selda Bağcan).
Tel Aviv’s cultural diversity served as the perfect backdrop for Ouzo Bazooka’s formation and the maturing of their style; an exotic blend of middle eastern sounds and scales, mouled together with fuzzed psychedelic surf rock and garage.
Following the release of their acclaimed self-titled debut album in 2014, the band was embraced by the local crowd and became somewhat of a local phenomena. It was only a matter of time before their sounds reached the European front and after a succession of high profile festival appearances, followed by two stellar releases, the media, critics and the international crowd took notice - the band’s position as the ambassadors of a new middle eastern rock sound was cemented.