“Age of Aquarius”

By Dr. Abner Mality

My guess is you can identify Ioannina City by the thick haze of bong smoke hanging over it. You have got to be major league stoned to produce this and listen to it as well. Personally, I found this to be one of the most boring records I have heard in a long, long time. Without being completely gassed, I found it impossible to listen to in totality.

The VILLAGERS are a group of Greek hippies creating a droning, cosmic mulch that is very one-paced, repetitious and sound-alike. I can’t call it stoner rock because for all of its faults, stoner rock usually has some energy and a rocking feel.  The music created by the VILLAGERS is like a monotone mix of GRATEFUL DEAD, laidback FLOYD, THE DOORS and Greek folk instruments including bagpipes and clarinet.  “Welcome/Age of Aquarius” sets the template for everything to follow. Langorous, relaxed and droning, it seems to be building up to some kind of a heavy or rocking relief of tension. But that tension is never released. The song is the same beat and tempo all the way through. OK, so the opening title track is not the best intro. There’s still time to recover. Then, amazingly, the band does “Part V” and the same damn pattern repeats again almost exactly  It was a HUGE chore to make it through this cut.

That’s the whole album in a nutshell. To be perfectly honest, I didn’t make it all the way through. I have a lot more interesting and varied music to review. If I were to scrape up a positive point, I’d say that singer Alex has a rich and enjoyable tone of voice. But that voice never rises above a slow purr. Honestly, I think even stoned hippies might be bored by VILLAGERS OF IOANNINA CITY. Somehow this band has got a buzz. Go figure…