The Gentle Art Of Cooking People is an instrumental rock band from Krakow, Poland. Since their inception in 2006 these guys have been working on their own specific sound, somewhere between psychedelic rock and post rock. The result is this epic album, a massively immersive piece of music, divided into four huge musical adventures. Needless to say perhaps, but I love the hell out of this.
The album opens with the speediest track, 'King Tukan II', reminding of something between Kong, Ozric Tentacles, Meniscus. and Monkey 3. Other names that often come to mind are rock bands like Colour Haze, My Sleeping Karma and Karma To Burn. Yet, if I have to be really honest, I actually like The Gentle Art Of Cooking People a tiny bit more, and besides, this first track is not even my favorite one on this album.
That would be 'Fly Like a Bird Die Like a Fly', a quite slow but highly dynamic piece of music where every single tone and instrument perfectly seems to fall in its place. This song might be more post-rock related than the previous track, with some similar soundscapes to the big names in the genre. 'Dead Horse' delves a bit deeper into stoner rock and perhaps even doom metal and quickly turns into something repetitive and hypnotic, much to my delight of course.
The album closes with the equally impressive 'Flying Sharks Sleeping Tardigrades' and by now I'm definitely a fan. Wait, are those whale-sounds hiding behind the music? If so, genius, if not, no worries, still genius. But in all seriousness, this album is a masterpiece of psychedelic music, one that will find the way to my music machines a lot more from now on. If you are into stoner rock or psychedelic musical journeys as a whole, you should buy this album, that's for sure.