Amphetamin – “A Flood of Strange Sensations”

Amphetamin“A Flood of Strange Sensations” is an aptly named album by Amphetamin (a/k/a Sebastian). At first I wasn’t sure this album fit within the scope of the site. Musically, it is misleading at first. It seems straight forward but after a few listens, you discover there’s a lot going on.

When I said there’s a lot going on, I don’t mean at the same time. The songs have plenty of space and atmosphere but at the same time, nothing is obvious. Sebastian has a unique voice and a fondness for falsetto. This can be a bit much for me personally but he CAN sing and has a strong falsetto. If you’ve got it, use it.

The album combines everything from art rock to shoegaze to post rock. It reminds me a bit of Tame Impala in that Amphetamin are a one man show just like Tame Impala and like Kevin Parker, Sebastian presents very melodic music twisted just enough to make it feel foreign and strange. Hence the applicable title. It’s quite challenge for what might SEEM to be pleasant music.

“Neverland” is shoegaze played by a doom band. “Once Upon a Tree” and “Thoughts in the Water” feel like a post rock band covering Roxy Music. There’s a flood going on underneath the surface of “A Flood of Strange Sensations.” If you like to be swept away by a tide wave of falsetto and texturized music, look no further as Amphetamin is the drug for you.

Rating: 7.5/10

1. Devotion
2. The Threshold
3. Once Upon A Tree
4. Stranger On An Island
5. Endless Nights
6. The Haunted One
7. Neverland
8. Favourite Doll
9. Thoughts In The Water
10. Ghostly Place
11. Different Colours Of Tears


About Rob

I have been a fan of progressive metal and progressive rock for most of my life. My music collection is insanely large. My passion for life is music!
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