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ALBUM REVIEW | Rancho Relaxo - Soft Luxury

ALBUM REVIEW - Rancho Relaxo - Soft Luxury - Post Image - (300x300)ARTIST: Rancho Relaxo

RELEASE: Soft Luxury

RELEASE DATE: December 8th 2018

RECORD COMPANY: Unsigned

Norwegian-based experimental neo-psych aficionados 'Rancho Relaxo' returned to the burgeoning underground psych scene back in December 2018 with their ninth studio release entitled 'Soft Luxury'. Formed back in 2003, 'Rancho Relaxo' are on the forefront of the experimental psych scene. Combining a plethora of genres from drone to space rock, shoegaze to neo-psychedelia, the band continue to create a totally absorbing and immersive sonic experience with each long player. 'Soft Luxury' was officially released back on the 8th December 2018 and is available to buy/download on various formats right now via ranchorelaxo.bandcamp.com

A swirling feedback driven instrumental drone ushers in the beginnings of ‘No Shadow No Soul’, the opening act on ‘Soft Luxury’. It builds brilliantly, meandering through a kaleidoscope of sonic colour and the pull of hazily melodic guitars. Slow moving percussion echoes and hovers alongside waves of woozy reverberation as the throb of bass frequencies bounce intermittently between those deeply hypnotic vocal lines. The track undulates through a menagerie of sound waves before closing out with an immense instrumental finale. Up next, ‘lgjen’ twinkles into audible range dancing on a glittering line of guitar as the drone of instrumentation ushers in a live sounding drum kit. Melodic vocals riding the the throb of cascading bass enter the fray, mingling brilliantly with the swirl of reverb and the afterglow of those fantastic organ notes. Explosive chorus changes catch the ear of this listener here and I also cant help but notice a subtle 60’s psych vibe resonating throughout the entire track. ‘igjen’ is absolutely immense and a definite album highlight for me.

‘You Know Her Name’ glides into the ether on shimmering swells of melodic synth . Sounding almost anthemic in stature, this track is huge in scope. The arrival of percussion and soaring lines of guitar help to collectively permeate those massive clouds of reverb thus adding intense atmosphere that completely envelopes that haunting line of otherworldly vocal. Coming in at almost nine minutes in length, ’You Know Her Name’ is a blissful slice of modern neo-psychedelia. Up next, ‘Love You Baby’ bounces into the sonic arena on the hum of bass frequencies as shakers and the drone of electronic sequencing beef up the sonic attack. Rancho Relaxo surf the outer edges of sonic experimentation here, adding swirling electronics into the mix to coalesce with those meandering lines of bass as the track builds into one swirling tempest of beautiful noise and those sporadic off beats catch the ear. The vocal line seems to skirt the sonic melee completely, floating independently from the main body of instrumentation, lightly tethered to it at different times by intimate strands of melodic reverb. It’s a fascinating track that stands head and shoulders above anything else on the album.

‘Mouth’ opens up with sampled vocalisations before the woozy swagger of organ and swells of reverberation take hold pulling percussion and catchy chord changes into the mix peppered with an intense kind of melody. Lines of vocal ride waves of sound, using the momentary pauses in instrumentation to good effect. Swirling lines of organ take centre stage here, injecting a brilliant swirl of atmosphere into the track as we head into it’s eastern tinged but lysergic fuelled finale. ‘Det Sku lkkje Skjedd’ begins brightly. Droning organ swells meld with catchy lines of guitar, humming bass and intense production atmospherics as we lift skywards on waves of effortless sonic melody, churning on hypnotic sound waves and eagerly awaiting the arrival of that immense vocal track. ‘Det Sku lkkje Skjedd’ is an intensely spiritual sonic ride, easily reminiscent of The Black Angels or even ‘West’ era Wooden Shjips and is another highlight on this release.

The albums penultimate track entitled ‘Oh Me’ is a woozy affair. Bluesy guitar structures rattle on top of slow moving percussion, cascading lines of bass and sporadic shimmers of tambourine. Catchy vocalisations merge with shimmering production values as we chug through verse patterns filled with rolling reverberation and clatter into guitar filled chorus parts filled with intertwining lead lines. There’s a hint of post punk here as the repetitive instrumentation takes hold but all in all it’s a solid track. The album closes out with one of it’s shining gems. ‘Out The Door’ begins on a warbling wave of repetitively melodic, reverb hued organ. Utterly addictive, this in turn pulls rattling percussion, shaking tambourine and the jangle of guitars into view used primarily as a conduit for those warm west coast sounding vocalisations. Intricate chord structures and those meandering lines of organ carry the weight here as Rancho Relaxo cast a solidifying sonic spell on this listener, instantly injecting a slice of warm summer sun into the opening salvos of 2019.

4/5

LINKS:

ranchorelaxo.bandcamp.com

facebook.com/ranchorelaxoband/

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Del Chaney - (Author Photo)

Del Chaney has spent the last six years dedicating his time to uncovering the best artists in the unsigned or small independent label based shoegaze, ethereal dream pop, postpunk & 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 (Now On Hiatus). 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 genres 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.


EP REVIEW | Rancho Relaxo - Polarized (Wrong Way Records)

ARTIST: Rancho Relaxo

RELEASE: Polarized

RELEASE DATE: 10th May 2017

RECORD COMPANY: Wrong Way Records

One of our favourite bands here at Primal Music, Norwegian based 'Rancho Relaxo' have announced a brand new five track EP entitled 'Polarized', penned in for release on May 10th 2017 via the ever reliable 'Wrong Way Records'. 'Polarized' is the bands eight release & it again epitomises their unique talent of sonic experimentation by creating whirlwinds of intense electronically charged psych intertwined at times with subtle spaced out kraut rock tones. The album has the pleasure of being touched by the bands brand new 60's rhythm ace drum machine which completely turns their overall sound on it's head thus creating a sublime collection of tracks that are worthy of your ears. It is being exclusively released as part of 'Wrong Way Records' Blacklist 100 Series and is available to pre-order right now on lovely 12' hand numbered black vinyl via wrongwayrecords.bandcamp.com

‘Spooky Satisfaction At A Distance’ arrives into the ether held fast in a repetitious percussive swagger as its soaring synth swells echo and drone meticulously as if held in a continuous sonic stasis. Angry guitars growl and belch out distorted atmospherics whilst its haunting vocalisations swirl through swathes of gratifying reverberation. It is a sublime opening track filled with intensely hypnotic instrumentation that streams effortlessly through layers of blissed out electronically charged modern psychedelia. ‘Augen Zu’ drones and swirls into audible range strapped to sequenced electronic percussion and a deeply repetitive guitar progression. This track builds through each chord change brilliantly as underlying synth swells buffer and harass those hypnotically charged vocal lines with stunning aplomb. The arrival shimmering tambourine hits and undulating shakers add instant atmosphere as those cascading synth lines loop and arc through clouds of reverb like some sort of sonic hallucinogen. ‘Augen Zu’ is sublimely addictive and is probably my favourite track on this entire release.

Up next, ‘Life & Death’ billows effortlessly through infectious guitar progressions, gyrating organ lines and distant vocalisations that collectively ripple and surge through spiralling production and woozy denouements whilst swirling frequency laden sonic tendrils reach out to wrap themselves around sequenced electronic drum patterns as ‘Tell Me Something’ enters earshot draped in a hazy veil of droning instrumentation that melds effortlessly with atmospheric swells of synth & guitar. The arrival of distant reverb drenched vocalisations add depth to the track as it’s snaking percussive thrills dance and skip on a bedrock of iridescent bass frequencies and vibrating mechanical sound waves. The EP’s closing piece growls and fizzes into earshot on a wave of punishing feedback driven guitar squall. ‘My Girl (Spoken)’ shudders precariously on a kind of metronomic percussive precipice as throbbing bass frequencies hold court underlined by electronic beeps and whirrs that accompany an up front vocal line. Noisy guitars circumnavigate the entire piece emitting a menacing atmospheric hue to proceedings as the track rises and falls hypnotically through stunning vocal samples and swirling clouds of reverberation. A fitting end to a bloody marvellous EP.

4/5

LINKS:

wrongwayrecords.bandcamp.com

ranchorelaxo.bandcamp.com

facebook.com/Rancho-Relaxo-119261814770886/

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Del Chaney has spent the last four years 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 (Now On Hiatus). 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 | Rancho Relaxo - White Light Fever

a2726415421_16ARTIST: Rancho Relaxo

RELEASE: White Light Fever

RELEASE DATE: 2nd May 2016

RECORD COMPANY: Wrong Way Records

Self described as creating “Neo Psychedelic Zendom”, Norwegian based ‘Rancho Relaxo’ return with a fifteen track monolith of sonic delights via Wrong Way Records(UK). ‘White Light Fever’ is the bands seventh release & again epitomises their unique talent of creating whirlwinds of intense psych infused shoegaze intertwined with subtle spacey kraut rock tones & when its all melded together it produces an exquisite collection of alternative, droning soundscapes. ‘Rancho Relaxo’ collectively create impressive sonic pictures, of mind bending acid tab proportions, and take their listeners on a coloured hypnotic journey through their entire musical world where droning guitars are king!

The album opens up with an intriguing but highly addictive droning tone that swirls & arcs within some kind of suspended animation until we’re treated to that shimmering guitar line, shuffling drum pattern, tambourines, reverb drenched vocal progressions and the mesmerising swagger of ‘Strange Vibrations’. Up next, is the aptly named but blindingly brilliant ‘Who Married Jane Fonda’. It permeates the sound sphere & introduces us to a haunting, duel vocal attack straddling a simple but repetitive drum & synth pattern and those insanely hazy guitars! ‘Stars’ jangles on its beautiful shoegazing sonic axis while ‘Who Says’ is reminiscent of US based alt psych aficionados ‘The Warlocks’ with its lazy, layered fuzzy tone that addictively floats on a wave of reverberating joy. ‘What You Want’ evokes that shimmering 60’s tinge of romantic melancholy mixed with menacing ‘Velvet Undergound’ styled overtones.

‘Im Crying’ is like a modern day psych soul explosion with its piercing organ swells, fuzzed out guitars and distorted vocal lines & the brilliant ‘Its All In A Dream’ is an abrupt reverberating wall of noise! ‘If You Want To’ is a psychedelic journey of epic proportions with its soaring organ swells & reverb drenched vocal lines all swirling within a maelstrom of droning guitars & repetitive drums. ‘Dead Space’ is a menacing, swirling ball of coiled up noise that loops & arc’s all over the sonic landscape with aplomb whilst ‘Clean Eyes’ is six minutes plus of impressive, shimmering, melodic brilliance that creeps and waits in the shadows before exploding onto the musical canvass with stunning effect.

Up next, ‘Desert Talk’ is a spaced out, wavy instrumental affair that has impressive peaks & troughs throughout while the dynamic ‘Taken’ slows proceedings down completely to a beautiful cacophony of golden shimmering sound waves. ‘Fake Human’ begins with a swirling synth sample that in turn heralds the arrival of a brilliant psych driven behemoth. ‘Fake Human’ is utter self indulgence & a true sonic masterpiece. It’s the jangling intro of ‘Now It’s Dark’ that quickly makes way for a thrill ride through an infectious, desert gaze inspired soundscape, jam packed full of impressive droning & swirling whirlwinds of sound, but steadied by a solid drum pattern, hypnotic tambourines and pure, full on psychedelic charm! White Light Fever’s closing track is thing of beauty! ‘White Light’ in my opinion, is the foundation stone of this entire release. A swirling blissful drone completely wraps itself around the musical atmosphere, its careful tone shaping & comforting the carelessly enveloping sound waves with ease. You really have to listen to this track on headphones to experience it in it’s entirety.

Overall ‘White Light Fever’ is passionately experimental. It twists & turns with psychedelic glee and entrances its listeners with every single solitary note. This album is thoroughly enjoyable, recommended listening & a worthy entrant into any psych gazing fans music collection.

Recommended!

5/5

LINKS:

wrongwayrecords.bandcamp.com

ranchorelaxo.bandcamp.com

facebook.com/Rancho-Relaxo-119261814770886/

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.