Emerging from the ashes of '80s psychedelicists Spacemen 3, Spiritualised simultaneously refined and expanded that group's Velvet Underground-on-acid sound. Like Spiritualised's other albums, PURE PHASE is full of lush, orchestral pop, psychedelic Britrock and spacey freakouts. Atmosphere is all, as gentle voices glide over heavily reverberating guitar and organ patterns. The spirit of early Pink Floyd is mixed with the panoramic semi-prog of Radiohead as wah-wah guitars join swooping keyboards and complex latticeworks of feedback. PURE PHASE's greatest strength lies in it's dynamic range, as tender, breathy ballads give way to mind-bending free-for-alls in an album that paves the way for the band's 1997 masterwork LADIES AND GENTLEMEN WE ARE FLOATING IN SPACE.