The Ozric Tentacles have a new line up but Ed Wynne is still heliocentric to the band. And with the departure of Jon, Seaweed and others you would expect the sounds to change, and you're right. It has changed, on the last album there is less percussion and more dependency on synths and computerised sound fx.
With this album, more than the last, the music is more varied and Ed's brilliant guitar playing features more gloriously. This is good, soaring noodling guitars and bubbley jubbley synths, the pounding drums and more integrated sonics make this album superior to their last one. Yes, this is where the new Ozrics have come into their own. Spirals was pretty much a solo effort, and the ozrics are so much better playing and producing as a band.
This album has a varied sound and harks back more to the Ozrics of old, influenced by middle eastern tunes, psychy wierdness and space rock guitars.
A few of the album highlights for me were: "armchair journey" an ambient journey full of birds and twittering creatures, "vedavox" sounding very very middle eastern complete with mandolin like guitar and wobble-boardish wobbles, "disdots" full of guitars sliding all over the place, "splat!" from the chewier school of track deep bass and heavy drums and finally "ping" Ed's guitars going skybound and soaring over lush verdant paradises.