ALBUM REVIEW | Sons Of The Void - Sons Of The Void

a1546620249_16ARTIST: Sons Of The Void

RELEASE: Sons Of The Void

RELEASE DATE: 4th March 2016

RECORD COMPANY: Sunrise Ocean Bender

Finding a true impressionistic collection of psychedelic tracks that are written in a traditionalist way, without computerised trickery or over hyphenated gadgets to control the music’s every move, in todays modern psych scene is a difficult thing to do. With so many different sub-genres attaching itself to the scene it sometimes becomes muggy, uninteresting and frankly bloody boring. So imagine my surprise when I opened up the debut self-titled album from Swiss based psych duo David Max and Nick Nobody aka ‘Sons Of The Void’ and was instantly blown away by its stunningly un-compromised collection of melodically sensible psychedelic treats that are stuck firmly within an experimental 60’s lo-fi swirl. Released via the incredibly trustworthy independent record label ‘Sunrise Ocean Bender’ on March 4th 2016 this stunning debut release will tip toe into your life, scoop you up and effectively bring you on an acid drenched rollercoaster ride of intense proportions.

The album opens up with the insanely experimental ‘Leichenblume’. The jittering opening sample track makes way for beautifully hypnotic guitar progressions that swirl like some invisible vortex around that melodic vocal line for what seems like an eternity until we’re led into the opening chord progressions of track two, ‘Don’t Forget To Pray’. It in turn, uses its soothing vocals coupled with those beautifully arranged guitar progressions to rock back and forth acting like some metaphorical sonic security blanket thats used to buffer against those tremulous and reverberating sonic frequencies that seem to loop and arc all over the musical ether. The vivid opening bars of ‘Kolliderscope’ swirl within that impressive spoken word vocal sample as it meanders on an explosive percussive pattern that leads us all into it’s soaring chorus progression and on into oblivion whilst the almost country tinged psychedelic sounds of ‘Absorption’ relaxes the senses and eases away the ill’s of a weary day by inviting you into its inner sanctum for a slice of sonic sustenance.

‘Hope I Don’t Miss’ swirls within a melodic late 60’s west coast vibe through its opening bars before crunching into sixth gear and deftly shifting up into a warm, fuzzy, hair standing on end wall of noise thats musically reminiscent of early ‘Spacemen 3’ as its vocal tracks just hang in suspended animation waiting to be explored. Golden edged sonic waves usher in the brilliant psych-pop tones of ‘The Things We Wish’ whilst ‘A Kick Like That’ has dub connotations mingling in amongst it’s swirling psych induced vocal takes and those expansive jangling guitar lines. ‘A Kick Like That’ is thoroughly enjoyable and possibly my favourite track on this entire release. The album closes with ‘Little Children’, an infectious track stuffed to the brim with impressively melodic vocal lines streaked with beautiful guitar flourishes that are collectively embossed deep within 60’s psychedelia.

There is a beautiful calmness surrounding every track on this release that’s intensely melancholic, brilliantly overpowering and deeply infectious. ‘Sons Of The Void’ expertly push the experimental sonic envelope but somehow manage to stay within the realms of the psych purist. If you have to listen to one album today, it should be this!

Recommended listening!

5/5

LINKS:

sonsofthevoid.com

facebook.com/Sons-Of-The-Void-132778243406125/

sonsofthevoid.bandcamp.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 | E Gone - Advice To Hill Walkers

egone-afhw-cover_72ARTIST: E Gone

RELEASE: Advice To Hill Walkers

RELEASE DATE: September 30th 2016

RECORD COMPANY: Sunrise Ocean Bender/Deep Water Acres

'Advice to Hill Walkers' is the second immense full-length album by Swedish based experimental psych aficionado 'E Gone' aka Daniel Westerlund. 'E Gone' melds together various musical stylings including electronica, psych, post rock, oriental, dub, raga, ambient and folk to create a stunning cacophony of mesmerising soundscapes. 'Advice To Hill Walkers' appeared briefly on cassette back in 2015 via the brilliant Zeon Lights label but its instrumental soundscapes sent ripples throughout the sonic ether, instantly captivating & permeating deeply into the psyche of the few listeners who had the pleasure of hearing it. Now the album gets a fitting rebirth and an expanded CD reissue on September 30th via the brilliant Virginia based 'Sunrise Ocean Bender' & 'Deep Water Acres' respectively.

The albums opening track, ’Mark The Spot Where You Leave The Injured’ fizzes into existence on a giddying droning swirl and a captivating intricate chord progression. A sparse percussive whirl adds atmosphere as the track builds into a menacing droning monolith, weaving stunning hallucinogenic visions draped in swathes of beautifully golden resonating frequencies. The eastern flavoured ‘Your Goal Is To Know Everything And Say Nothing’ arrives and instantly tickles the senses as its hypnotic instrumentation snakes and whirls through the sonic ether with relative ease, all the while captivating this listener with its tempestuous musical peaks and troughs. Up next, ‘Follow Moonmilk Rivers’ explodes into ear shot on a wave of glorious instrumentation, filling the mind with wondrous throbbing bass frequencies, tribal percussive attacks, swirling sitar progressions and entrancing musical patterns that collectively hypnotise as they pulse a chittering cloud of reverberation out into the burgeoning sound sphere. ‘Follow Moonmilk Rivers’ is a beautifully constructed piece of music that completely mesmerises as it meanders through its pre-designated course with stunning aplomb.

Menacing synth swells coupled with a hypnotic guitar line announces the arrival of ‘Build Your Camp Out Of Alpine Moss’. A thunderous drum pattern & a dark organ progression enters the fray as the atmosphere swirls and steadily builds, adding an air of film soundtrack experimentation to proceedings. This for me, is spaghetti western style experimental psychedelia, brilliantly thought out and expertly constructed for our modern age, presented to us to digest and try to make sense of. In lay-mans terms: This is music!

Up next, ‘Dwell In Tents By Day, Hike At Random By Night’ offers up an off kilter guitar progression coupled with sequenced bleeps and a cacophony of cascading musical tones. There’s a subtle psych/dub/raga feel to this track that will have you hooked so fast that you will eventually totally succumb to its addictive swagger and find yourself swaying to its immensely hypnotic metronomic swing. The album swerves into a more polished dub/electronica feel as ‘Fast Before Stalker Season’ cranks up and shutters into existence on a bedrock of sequenced percussive hits and programmed synth lines before ‘You Don’t Know It Yet But We Are Losing You’ rustles up more esoteric flair and injects some brilliant eastern edged vibes into proceedings.

The sampled pitter patter of falling rain and a rumbling of thunder graces the ears before ‘Find New Methods For Compass Use’ introduces a swirling ambient drone that completely cuts through the soundscape, gathering momentum as it builds in intensity, all the while helping to focus the mind and calm the senses. Menacing percussive swells and shaking tambourines usher in ‘Bring Ice Axe And Rope’ before dark & oppressive synth swells bubble up from the outer reaches, purposefully deployed to scare and enthral all at once. The track shuffles and dances, loops and arcs through layers of immense instrumentation that includes banjo, guitars, synths and sequenced progressions of varying degrees that build and swirl to stunning effect making ‘Bring Ice Axe And Rope’ my favourite track on this entire release. Swirling banjo progressions coupled with glorious sitar and hauntingly good synth lines brings the albums lead single, the brilliantly named  ‘Record The Humming Of Melodious Caves’ into earshot before skittish ‘tabla’ hits and the rumbling ‘dugga’ bass drum noises swirl into action. This is another addictive piece of music guaranteed to have you swaying with its snaking & motorik percussive movements.

The albums penultimate track entitled ‘Continue Ascent While Blindfolded’ reverberates on a jangling guitar strum before organ stabs, light clavichord progressions underscored with sampled whirls & bleeps reminiscent to that of a dastardly ‘horror film’ merry-go-round scarily crawls into play! My recommendation is to listen to this track via headphones to experience what I mean ..... thoroughly dark & enjoyable! The albums closing piece is a ten minute plus thrill ride through electronica, oriental, folk, ambient, tribal and eastern musical themes that swirl and pulse swathes of beautifully hypnotic frequencies into the sonic atmosphere. ‘Reach The Summit, Egg’ is a mesmerising finale to another wonderful collection of tracks created from the mind of Daniel Westerlund, a man who has mastered a plethora of musical stylings to produce something not only quite eclectic & different but immensely compelling too. Bravo!

4/5

'Advice To Hill Walkers' gets its full release on September 30th and is available to pre-order right now via Sunrise Ocean Bender & Deep Water Acres.

LINKS:

sunriseoceanbender.bigcartel.com/product/e-gone-advice-to-hill-walkers

sunriseoceanbender.bandcamp.com

facebook.com/eegonee/

twitter.com/EGONEHQ

dwacres.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 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 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.