ARTIST: Electric Eye
RELEASE: Different Sun
RELEASE DATE: 05/02/16
RECORD COMPANY: Jansen Plateproduksjon
Following on from 2013’s epic debut release “Pick -Up, Lift -Up, Space, Time”, immense Norwegian space rockers Electric Eye have returned with their ingenious sophomore album “Different Sun” thats penned in for release on January 5th via Jansen Plateproducksjon. Full of intensely fuzzy neo-psychedelic soundscapes, Electric Eye have continued where they left off with their debut release by once again bringing their listeners on a sonic journey through spacey 60’s psych, prog and kraut rock thats intertwined at times with hints of droning Indian instrumental tones. This is a must have album for fans of The Black Angels, Wooden Shjips, Pink Floyd’s Pompeii days and for fans of the influential The Brian Jonestown Massacre & The Dandy Warhol’s.
Droning organ swells announce the arrival of “Silent By The River”, track one on this impressive release, and we’re swept along with its addictive shuffling tempo and its enticing guitar lines. At times it radiates melodic 60’s psych infused with space rock but theres a modern day twist underpinning its structure. The vocal & its accompanying effects are to die for and to be honest I’m instantly hooked. “All Of This Has Happened Before And It Will Happen Again” begins like 90’s dance track with its synth swells & percussion lines. For me, it’s only when the kraut rock inspired vocal lines appear on the scene that everything comes into focus musically. This track builds and builds until its an immovable reverberating wall of synth organs, screaming guitars, sitars & vocal samples. Its a like a sonically influential monster wave building in intensity, eagerly awaiting to crash down on the musical landscape. Pretty impressive!
If ever you were looking to hear a modern day, 70’s prog rock inspired spaced out tune within todays diluted music scene then look no further than “Mercury Rise”. This track is an addiction in musical form. Fuzzy guitars, impressive vocals, a monotonous repetitive drum beat thats interspersed at times with organ hits and piano stabs. Truly a work of art and possibly my favourite track on this entire release. Brilliance absolute! ‘Psychedelic funk’ is what I can only describe are the opening bars of track 4 “Bless”. From the addictive bass lines to the soaring guitar lines, the intense vocals and the steading drum pattern, this is blissful space rock in its entirety. Get down on your knees and prey to the reverberating psych gods. The atmospheric “Heavy Steps On Desert Floor” is reminiscent of Pink Floyd and typifies the experimental psych scene of the 70’s whilst track 6, “Never Fade Away” again introduces us to the funkier spaced out side of Electric Eye with its addictive throbbing bass lines, wailing organs and shuffling guitars.
The albums closer “Part One” is a dark & slow, strung out affair. Again I can hear “Dark Side Of The Moon” era Pink Floyd on this track. It begins with atmospheric synth swells & hushed vocal samples all straddling a lazy drum beat until the immense reverb soaked guitar line spreads out its vines and winds itself around the track brilliantly. 3 minutes in we’re introduced to the throbbing bass line and synth line that seems to lift the track out of its intense dark slumber, if only for a short time. Uplifting vocal parts join in adding flair to proceedings and this helps with the tracks overall ascetic but I cant help but feel that this is a rather tame ending to what was overall an impressive album.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Del Chaney has spent the last three years not only fronting popular Irish Experimental Electronic duo Analogue Wave but also dedicating his time to uncovering the best artists in the Unsigned or Small Independent Label based Shoegaze Dream Pop Post-Punk & Post-Rock genre’s of music 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.