Psychoyogi's fourth album, Shrine, is mandatory listening for anyone who likes their prog to be musically challenging and intellectually stimulating - like a sharper-edged, 21st-century version of Gentle Giant. Combining jazzy grooves, Canterbury-inspired melodic sensibilities and a generous pinch of punk attitude, the nine short, yet subtly-complex songs will keep the listener on their toes.
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Imagine King Crimson, Jethro Tull, Tom Waits, Zappa, Captain Beefheart and the BBC Youth Jazz Orchestra all playing together. There is some phenomenal playing on here - probably one of the best bunch of musicians that have graced this page.
Rhythm Magazine, UK
A curious racket which borrows from the likes of Frank Zappa and King Crimson... but which stands convincingly on its own two feet.
Psychoyogi are more then a little different. When others are content to cash in on trendy musical resurgences, they attempt what is perhaps, the impossible a new direction in music. Inconstant time signatures and a rejection of docile adherence to a single musical style are the characteristics of a group that actively seek to challenge their audience. They maintain the stylistic vertigo of They Might Be Giants but are even more disjointed, rendering their work somehow equally transparent and oblique, understandable yet initially inaccessible.
Beat Magazine (Australia)
Psychoyogi has combined an eclectic medley of musical styles to produce a sound that is truly unique. Incorporating a wide range of instruments, Psychoyogi fuse together the sounds of jazz and cabaret, classical and rock to create music, which is stimulating through its very diversity.
They weave Eastern musical strains throughout the songs, with strings moving in haunting, mystical patterns. Chris Ramsing's vocals are distinctive and strong as he entertains listeners with lyrics, which are colourful and often eccentric. Spirited and unconventional, Psychoyogi produce music which belong in a black comic opera! At the same time the jazz arrangements are definitive and strong, keeping the song beats swinging, and the instrumental collusion tongue-in-cheek. In all, Psychoyogi have produced an album whose sound defies practical classification. It is necessary to check this one out for yourself.
Tharunka magazine (Australia)
As with Psychoyogi. Who despite being a mouthful had a gig in June to promote Opulent Trip. Psychoyogi sound like they like to listen to lots of quirky English 60's band like Giles, Giles and Fripp whose angular jazz like leanings and oh so English tales of funny people they delivery with great accuracy. I also detect Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band and Soft Machine. The ghost of Kevin Ayers looms large. Singer/guitarist Chris Ramsing holds the thing together with a guitar thats a bright thing with many quick changing chords on it that runs to tinkly solos as the bass plucks out back notes. His voice resembles that of a 1920's crooner meets Viv Stanshall singing into a lozenged shape microphone.
Short instrumentals of the kind heard during afternoon spa recitals are sprinkled throughout but the actual songs are the stand outs. These guys can really play too as evinced in 'Shadows' with its breathy delivery and Zappa like sharp turns in the chord department. I found myself curiously drawn to their work but only because I do like the likes of Giles, Giles and Fripp and Soft Machine and some of Zappa's more quirky output. If those names don't mean anything to you then you may find their output totally alien but I do recommend you at least give them a go, but not before putting on your smoking jacket on first of course.
Amazed by their incredible complex Canterbury/progy/punky/jazzy sound. Complex and relaxed rhythms trigger the mind at the same time.
Carlo Van De Valk