15/10/20

THE ELECTRIC FAMILY Echoes Don’t Lie

Sireena

 This is the sixth album by Electric Family's three years after Terra Circus. Electric Family released their first album in 1997. Many years have passed since then and now the band is releasing their new album entitled Echoes Don’t Lie. Here the band of Tom "The Perc" Redecker, Rolf Kirschbaum, Harry Payuta, is completed by several guest musicians such as Roman Bunka (embryo), Marlon Kleim, Milla Kapolke, Rolf Muller and many more. All these years the Electric Family records songs of progressive rock, folk, pop kraut, all of them filtered in a psychedelic pot from where the smells of other decades emerge. The song that opens the album, the sacred land contains rather mellotron and is very good, as is the cover of Neil Young's I’ve been waiting for you. But the songs that shook me the most are another giant leap and strange things.                                                                                                                 Electric Family's new album is also the most rock they have done so far, while Redecker's voice remains consistently charming!!

 

The Electric Family - Echoes Don't Lie (2020, CD) | Discogs

11/10/20

EDEN ROSE On the way to Eden

Guerssen

Guerssen's reissue of this album of French Eden Rose. It was first released in 1970, and Guerssen reissued it again back in 2016. It is an instrumental album based on the organ of Henri Garela and the guitarist Pierre Alacen. Eight fantastic tracks where the organ dominates elsewhere, the guitar elsewhere while the bass and drums accompany the improvisation with a very special way. Their sound can be characterized as early progressive, it is groovy, little psychedelic, and tracks like Walking In The Sea, Reinyet Number, Faster And Faster, Traveling, you have the feeling that opening your mind on fire for a long time!! In summary, however, I cannot fail to mention that listening to this French masterpiece comes to my mind the track Ellis Island by Brian Auger Julie Driscoll & The Trinity from Streetnoise, an album that I imagine influenced Henri Garela in both playing and sound of On the way to Eden overall.

Recommended!

EDEN ROSE : On The Way To Eden - LP - GUERSSEN RECORDS - Forced Exposure

 

2/10/20

RUBBER TEA Infusion

Sireena

Rubber Tea is a German band and Infusion is their debut album. They consist of Lennart Hinz (keybords, vocals), Vanessa Gross (vocals, sax, flute), David Erzmann (bass), Jonas Roustai (guitar), Henri Pink (drums) and with the help of some guests recorded these 8 songs. Their music is a whirlwind of progressive, art rock and psychedelic rock, as it was played in early to the mid-70s. In these 8 songs what impresses is the very expressive and warm voice of Vanessa Gross. Especially in the amazing in weeping waters where the rhythm hypnotizes our souls, her voice takes us off over mushroom seas!! Also, another balm song for our mental health is the excellent The drought, with the very nice and suitable male and female vocals. In general, Rubber Tea recorded a very good album with songs where they bring out a fairytale mood, a dreamy dive into infinity. The many fans of the genre will bow to the talent of the band.

 Infusion | Rubber Tea

30/9/20

FOREVER AMBER The Love Cycle

Guerssen

Forever Amber's The Love Cycle was one of the rarest albums of English pop/psych music. It was released as a private press in only 99 copies, with the first official re-release in 2007. Forever Amber was Richard Lane (lead guitar, voc), Christopher Jones (rhythm guitar, voc), Anthony Mumford (bass guitar, voc), Christopher Parren (electric organ/piano /harpsichord/voc), Michael Richardson (vocals). Well, in 1968 they released an album, a milestone for English sunny psych/pop music. Acrobatic between Beach Boys, Zombies and Beatles, Forever Amber recorded some of the most ingenious songs written in 60s England!! The Dreamer Flies Back for example is a small masterpiece, like Better Things Are Bound To Come, and the inconceivable On Top Of My Own Special Mountain, and the exquisite I See You As You Used To Be, but also My Friend. (Can I mark all the tracks?)                       Extremely vocals, the sound of the songs is wonderful, the mood is psychedelic.     Forever Amber at one point could be special melodic and pop and the next one unrivaled psychedelic.                                                                                 Recommended.

 

29/9/20

ICARUS PEEL’S ACID REIGN Shallow Oceans

Billywitch Records

Icarus Peel is a talented guitarist/composer. Either with Honey Pot, or with Crystal Jacqueline, or alone or with Acid Reign, he manages to write songs that are remarkable. Here, under the name Icarus Peel's Acid Reign, they record their second album after The Window On the Side Of Your Head which was released in 2018. Here (and here) the guitar dominates, the softly and dreamy moments follow the explosions of guitar derailments and vice versa, the sound goes between The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Cream etc, but also goes back  to Bevis Frond and Barry Watts with Outskirts Of Infinity or Dr Brown. Great acid-rock moments are everywhere on the album, the divided is hard enough, while the psychedelia is present. Top song?  Of course the exceptional shallow ocean, probably the most psychedelic track of the album!

Icarus Peel is an important guitarist who has already join into the psychedelic scene in recent years.

Released on CD and in a limited edition vinyl of 199 copies!

 Icarus Peel's Acid Reign 'Shallow Oceans' LP | Mega Dodo

26/9/20

THE THINGZ Just In Time

Coffee Addict Records

The Thingz come from Long Beach, CA and Just In Time is their eighth album. They consist of Kim (vocals, bass, theremin), Mike (vocals, guitar), Timothy (keys, vocals) and Jason (drums, vocals). Compared to their previous albums (excluding the Shapes To Come) here they have a new member, Timothy who contributes with his farfisa. As you can see the sound is genuine and wild garage/punk. The songs were recorded in the spring and as they say:                                                                 

«The Thingz play beach punk from the basement and garage stomp for a world on fire. Songs about revenge from the grave, human farming, the unexpected consequences of unopposable thumbs, the futility of punctuality in a life without clocks, rodent transformation, finding love on the moon, nocturnal animal husbandry and hijinks, historical crimes, paranoia in high places, disaffected demons, leaving the universe via obsolete technology, being trapped between the ice and the lights, and that undefinable and unending journey to the end of everything»

I don’t find any reason to disagree and I just turn up the volume, especially when I listen to the haunt you down with the thermin which demonizes the sound! A genuine r’n’r album from a band that is having fun!! 


 

21/9/20

THE BEATERSBAND Vol Due

Private

The Beatersband come from Italy and Vol Due is their new cd release (9/2020). Before this album They had released the cd album Vol Uno (4/2019), the mini cd Black Christmas (9/2019) and the single (sold out)  Love Songs,  (1/2020). The Beatersband mainly take songs from the 50s and 60s and adapt them to their own sound. Who's that? pure r’n’r, punk rock, the Ramones would be proud of them, they have beautiful melodic (and thankfully!!) female vocals and their songs are two or three minutes at most! Hang on sloopy and maybe stand out from rest songs. As I wrote about their previous release, if you feel or are a teenager this sound suits you. VOL DUE  (CD, Album, Stereo) album cover