Sentient are an entirely improvisational band psychedelic in conception, with jazz elements, a tough groove with a definite nod towards funk and Afro beat (yes people will dance to them), and with strong trance flavours that are reminiscent of krautrock. Sentient are: Steffe Sharpstrings (Here & Now, Gong, Planet Gong) on guitar and vocals, Steve Cassidy (Here & Now, Planet Gong, House of Thandoy, Dream Machine) on drums, Gary Subs Subassa (Karmakanix, Mecca, Dave Howard Singers) on bass. This is their debut album, recorded at their debut gig in 2012 at the Real Music Club in Brighton. Improvised psychedelic music has its roots in the free festival movement it s a mystery element, a fragile flower and does not always work... but what is captured on this recording has been described as the music you ve always dreamed of. When it does work within a musical context it has to be treated with the utmost respect. It s the unexpected guest. It s grace descending. It s Magick. It s definitely greater than the sum of the (musical) parts and in this case bigger than Steffe, Steve and Subs. How and why it works is closer to chemistry than musical composition and it goes beyond personality/personal preferences of individual band members. The players become vessels. . . That's when the Magick can happen and Sentient have got it in spades.
Here & Now without Keith? Unthinkable! Nontheless, that's essentially what we have here, with Steffe Sharpstrings on guitar and vocals, Steve Cassidy on drums, and Gary 'Subs' Subassa from Karmakanix on bass. Recorded at their debut gig in 2012, the album captures the trio on five improvisations stretching across seventy-five minutes of music...Naturally, as tracks stretch and probe, themes from Here & Now's back catalogue buzz to the surface. Nowhere is this more exciting than on 'A Is For Anarchy', on which the choppy phased guitar and Gatling-gun drums of 'Floating Anarchy' become the springboard for an amphetamine roller-coaster that will leave you breathless. Psychedelic space punk par excellence - **** --Oz Hardwick, R2 Magazine, January/February 2014