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French rocker Axel Monneau has been making music since the '90s, but it took until 2006 before he unleashed his self-titled debut album as Orval Carlos Sibelius. He then spent the four years that followed its release playing with prog-rock band Centenaire (appearing on The Enemy and Centenaire), but in 2010 he finally resurrected the Sibelius moniker to work on what would become Super Forma.

Super Forma is not an easy album; it begins like a dream, with a distant lament titled 'Sonho de Songes' ("sonho" is actually the Portuguese word for "dream") welcoming you under the form of a short, ambiguous intro that suddenly gives place to 'Desintegração' (once again, the Portuguese word for 'disintegration'). A rather simple yet not boring tune, 'Desintegração' is built around Sibelius' vocoder-filled voice which, along with the beautifully painted landscape of the track's instrumental, sends us back to the birth of EU/British Psychedelia.

While 'Asteroids'' core is far more connected to garage pop thanks to its nervous beat and tiny, yet precious guitar detailing, 'Spinning Round' is a folk portrait of countryside dizziness; a soundtrack to an escape that suddenly explodes. The song's amazing guitar work is braided with Arabic sounds (was that a drabuka?) and serves as a prelude to 'Super Data', the mandatory mid-album instrumental all new psych releases seem to feature nowadays (e.g. the title-track of Jacco Gardner's Cabinet of Curiosities, or Brian Jonestown Massacre's 'Duck and Cover' on Revelation). And if 'Bells' incorporates an hypnotic Syd Barrett je-ne-sais-quoi, 'Archipel Celesta' is a distant journey that warms us up for the big trip that is only four tracks ahead: the album's 15-minute closure 'Burundi'.

'Cafuron''s schizo-start soon gives way to a dramatic environment of weird-sounding violins and an insistent guitar riff - unfortunately the track changes direction frequently during its five-and-a-half minutes, making it sound like a collection of thoughts rather than a finished track.

Following another instrumental trip (this time a brief peaceful boat ride across the lagoon courtesy of 'Huong'), 'Good Remake' enters with its steady drums and slightly early-'90s melodies. Closing the album is 'Burundi', Sibelius' own 'Interstellar Overdrive' that, although trippy and hypnotising, is very well-structured. Most so-called "psych" tracks of an extended nature are little more than the result of in-studio jamming, but 'Burundi' is very well constructed.

Super Forma is not a visceral album, but its mélange of early, Brit-oriented psych and exotic sounds combined with digital-era rhythm sections and free jazz structures provide us with a very eclectic experience. Also, it's a great album to soundtrack a train journey.

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