'The Ozrics are back after 4 years of absence with a new studio record. It should be their 29th (!!), even though it is hard to tell the exact number since this band remained in the underground circulating tapes for years and gaining respect through live appearances in festivals like good old Glastonbury. Formed in 1984, lots of people have come and go by the band that is the vision (or hallucination if you prefer) of guitarist Ed Wynne. Along with his wife Brandy they are running the show for the last years and that results in a stabilized sound that doesn’t escape the trademarks the Ozrics have established for themselves since the early 80’s. Psychedelic rock, trance, ambient, techno, progressive could be some words used to determine this phenomenon. “The Yumyum Tree” is nothing more than what OZRIC TENTACLES have been doing for a quarter of a century now. Never carried away by the current trends of electronic sound, never commercializing their talent, they only use technology to expand their means of creating music that comes from or directs to outer space. In this album they seem more electronic oriented as Wynne’s guitar is mixed on the background of most songs, while all kinds of keyboards and weird noises taking the lead. Of course, when he decides to solo he could make a whole stadium dance on his strings. Funky basslines and electronic drums (two songs contain live drums) are used to hold the compositions together and the psychedelic trip goes on and on either through an ambient path like in “Nakuru”, with the more uptempo “San Pedro” or with the eastern melodies of the magnificent opening “Magick Valley”, always on a structured and organized manner. The production, the mixing and the sequencing of all those music counterparts are done equally well by Ed Wynne and “The Yumyum Tree” is a worthy piece of OZRIC TENTACLES’ legacy. Although this release is not addressed to the average metal fan, prog rockers should check the band somehow if they haven’t done it already. Ozrics are an institution for space rock and psychedelic music in general and a must - see - live band. Climbing “The Yumyum Tree” could be an illuminating experience.'