ALBUM REVIEW | LSD And The Search For God - Heaven Is A Place

a2860647016_16ARTIST: LSD And The Search For God

RELEASE: Heaven Is A Place

RELEASE DATE: 15th January 2016

RECORD COMPANY: Deep Space Recordings

Back in January 2007, San Francisco based psychedelic wonders ‘LSD And The Search For God’ unleashed a beautifully melodic, hazy & down right fuzzy collection of five tracks on their self titled debut EP that blew me away from my very first listen! Steeped in glorious reverb & musically reminiscent of Spacemen 3, The Telescopes & early ‘Creation Records’ drone practitioners My Bloody Valentine, ‘LSD And The Search For God’ told sonic tales brimming with dreamy duel boy/girl vocals, straddling beautifully fuzzy space rock jams. Fast forward nine years to 2016 and the band are back with another astonishing collection of 5 psychedelic stories glistening with the same spaced out ingredients that blew my mind way back in 2007. The ‘Heaven Is A Place’ EP is real, it’s not a figment of my imagination & it follows on from copious amounts of touring, collaborations with UK based psych gazing stalwarts ‘The Telescopes’, the addition of new members & building up a massive cult following throughout those nine years, all the while deliberately teasing us with the promise of a new release! This is a full on fuzzed out confession told through the medium of sound and picks right up where the bands debut left off. ‘LSD And The Search For God’ are made up of Chris Fifield – Guitar, Sofia Campbell – Vocals, Ryan Lescure – Bass, Ricky Maymi – Drums & Andy Liszt – Guitars / Vocals and this latest release was unleashed via the brilliant ‘Deep Space Recordings’.

The EP opens up with the immense ‘Heaven’, a swirling, droning maelstrom of layered reverberating sound straddling a thundering drum beat and that blissful vocal arrangement courtesy of Campbell & Liszt. This is a sonically charged slice of euphoric brilliance. Up next, ‘(I Don’t Think That We Should) Take It Slow’ is a melodically fuzzed up psych behemoth dipped in shimmering reverb and trapped within a whirlwind of hazy simmering sound-waves. Probably my favourite track on the whole release is ‘Outer Space (Long Way Home)’. This track slowly shuffles into the sonic ether with ease & I’m mesmerised with it’s addictive guitars & fuzzy droning undercurrent. Andy Liszt adds a lazy vocal to proceedings but its only when the sublime duel vocal hits and everything gets subsumed within the swirling guitars, throbbing bass & pounding drums that we are treated to something truly wonderful.

‘Elizabeth’ starts slowly with a melodic guitar line intertwined with that now trademark psychedelic droning swirl until the drums start & again we’re treated to another immense vocal arrangement. There is a definite ‘Creation Records’ sound here (although do I hate lumping modern day bands into the “Creation Records” category!) & it does swirl around the overall ascetic of this EP but ‘LSD And The Search For God’ have added something special to proceedings and thus have taken it to a whole new modern level. The EP’s closing track ‘Without You’, the longest track on the EP , is an immensely euphoric chunk of expressively edgy psych-gaze that erupts after 5 minutes, unleashing a monstrous swirling sonic wall of noise. Vocally brilliant in its entirety ‘Without You’ will leave you wanting to hear more.

‘LSD And The Search For God’ have released something really special in my opinion (Not that my opinion really matters in the grand scheme of things) but none the less, ‘Heaven Is A Place’ has instantly catapulted itself into my top 10 releases of this year and it will take something really, really special to remove it.

5/5

LINKS:

facebook.com/lsdandthesearchforgod

twitter.com/LSDandthesearch

lsdandthesearchforgod.bigcartel.com

facebook.com/deepspacerecordings

twitter.com/deepspacesounds

deepspacerecordings.com

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Del Chaney has spent the last four years not only fronting popular experimental Irish based electronic duo Analogue Wave but also dedicating his time to uncovering the best artists in the unsigned or small independent label based shoegaze, ethereal dream pop, post punk, post rock & modern psych rock from all over the globe & reviewing them for this blog - The Primal Music Blog. He is also a contributing writer for The Sound Of Confusion. His other arm - Primal Radio - has gained considerable respect from bands and promoters alike since its conception in 2013 & has helped him in actively promoting a genre of music that he is passionate about. Hailing from Dublin, Ireland, he is a keen Vinyl Collector, Tattoo Fan & all round good guy! He is a self confessed music freak & is never far away from a studio console or a turntable.


ALBUM REVIEW | Tears Run Rings - In Surges

tears-run-rings-in-surges-artARTIST: Tears Run Rings

RELEASE: In Surges

RELEASE DATE: December 2nd 2016

RECORD COMPANY: Deep Space Recordings

Not officially released until the 2nd December, dreamy shoegaze four piece ‘Tears Run Rings’ have used the magic of the internet to conceive their hauntingly good third album entitled ‘In Surges’. Taking a grand total of six years to complete, the band recorded in three separate studios transferring tracks backwards and forwards between three different cities - San Francisco, Portland and Los Angeles until each finished track was perfect. The band are made up of Laura - bass/vocals, Matthew - guitars/vocals, Ed -guitar and Dwayne - drums. Laura, Ed & Dwayne are original members of the now defunct 90’s twee/pop outfit ‘The Autocollants’ and Matthew & Ed also founded the brilliant 'Shelflife Records'. ‘In Surges’ is the bands third album and gets its full release via Deep Space Recordings. The album is available to pre-order on lovely coloured vinyl right now from: deepspacerecordings.storenvy.com

'In Surges' opens up swirling gracefully within a reverberating instrumental drone. ‘Happiness 6’ pulses a beautifully translucent sonic wave out into the ether as swathes of reverb are met with soaring synth swells and sparse percussion to perfectly envelope that impressive vocal. Up next, ‘Belly Up’ charges into earshot on a repetitious percussive attack coupled with noisy reverberating guitars and throbbing bass frequencies. Haunting vocal lines sway and bounce as they deftly circumnavigate the instrumentation, dashing in and out of subtle quieter/dreamier moments and on into awe inspiring soaring shoegaze, all the while drenched in beautifully ethereal reverb.

‘Things Have Changed’ shimmers as the twang of guitars meet underlying synth swells and ethereal vocalisations. The addition of the hazy acoustic guitar tones add atmosphere before the thud of bass frequencies take hold and carefully guide you out into the ether aided by wave after wave of underlying shimmering guitar effects. I can’t help but be totally blown away by both the lead vocal lines and the ethereally haunting backing vocals on this track. Absolutely stunning in its entirety, ‘Things have Changed’ is possibly my favourite track on the entire release. ‘Part of Glass’ blissfully ambles into audible range on a repetitive drum pattern, swirling instrumentation and another impressive vocal whilst ‘Green Lakes’ echoes and sway’s on a wave of reverb laden noise until we’re introduced to a beautifully ethereal vocal performance. ‘Green Lakes’ explodes into a cacophony of glorious colour as its chorus progressions take hold and we glide effortlessly within a haze of sonic grandeur into the ether.

‘Broken’ brings us back down to earth as it explodes into a reverberating beast. The vocals bring some clarity as they cut through overdriven guitar frequencies and I can hear subtle old-school flourishes reminiscent of ‘Slowdive’ here. Up next, ‘Destroyer’ breathes a modern sounding edge to proceedings as the track builds in momentum through its blissful verse parts and on into a beautifully arranged chorus progression. The chug, chug, chug of rhythm guitar coupled with those snaking lead lines, lazy percussion and soaring instrumental swells enter the fray and act as the perfect accompaniment to those ethereal vocal lines. The beginnings of ‘Something You Cant Hide’ have a welcoming post-punk edge before the track unfurls its sonic tendrils and radiates a stunning wall of layered guitars and driving bass frequencies underscored with a bedrock of explosive percussion. The albums penultimate track doesn't disappoint either as it unleashes a repetitious guitar progression and shimmering tambourine shakes. ‘Sine Wave Sleep’ is steeped in reverb, and totally reminiscent (instrumentally) of early Spacemen 3 mixed with the stunning melodic expertise of ‘The House Of Love’. As soon as the vocals takes hold, accompanied by those plodding bass frequencies and soaring lead guitar swells, you are completely hooked. ‘Sine Wave Sleep’ is a stunning track from start to finish.

The albums closing salvo entitled ‘Happiness 7’ majestically swerves through tremulous droning guitars and stunning atmospherics as it throws up blissfully noisy frequencies and hazy instrumentation. Out of the blurred sonic maelstrom comes a brilliantly executed vocal coupled with its underlying ethereal backing lines.

'In Surges' is a stunning return to form and well worth the six year wait!

4/5

LINKS:

facebook.com/tearsrunrings/

twitter.com/tearsrunrings

deepspacerecordings.bandcamp.com

tearsrunrings.bandcamp.com

deepspacerecordings.storenvy.com

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

 

Del Chaney has spent the last four years not only fronting popular experimental Irish Electronic duo Analogue Wave but also dedicating his time to uncovering the best artists in the unsigned or small independent label based shoegaze, ethereal dream pop, post punk, post rock & modern psych rock from all over the globe & reviewing them for The Primal Music Blog. He is also a contributing writer for The Sound Of Confusion. His other arm - Primal Radio - has gained considerable respect from bands and promoters alike since its conception in 2013 & has hepled him in actively promoting a genre of music that he is passionate about. Hailing from Dublin, Ireland, he is a keen Vinyl Collector, Tattoo Fan & all round good guy! He is a self confessed music freak & is never far away from a studio console or a turntable.