ARTIST: You Said Strange
RELEASE: EP #2
RELEASE DATE: 15/03/16
RECORD COMPANY: TFT Label
Following on from their four track epic debut entitled ‘EP1’ back in April 2015, Normandy based psych-gazers ‘You Said Strange’ have released another jaw dropping collection of psych induced tracks on the interestingly titled ‘EP2’. The band are made up of Eliot, Matthieu, Martin, Paul and Hector and they collectively create a stunning mix of psych rock and vividly expressive shoegaze thats peppered with sublime melodic melancholy.
The EP opens up with the Impressive ‘Brain’, the longest track on this entire release by far. ‘Brain’ builds from the off with a shuffling drum track and jangling guitar progressions. It meanders through its sonic algorithms with ease and brings the listener on tripped out voyage through musical peaks and troughs with swirling hypnotic guitars carefully enveloping the brilliant reverb drenched vocal lines. A stunning opening track that will surely interest the avid psych-gazing fan. Up next ‘Youri’s Night’ floats into the sonic ether with aplomb as that shimmering ‘chariot like’ guitar track carries the melodic vocal line like some kind of sonic god. This track explodes into a wall of layered guitars, pounding drums and addictive lead progressions as it swerves through clouds of beautifully golden reverb induced frequencies. ‘Just Wait’ has a subtle 60’s psych feel as its opening chord progressions fill this listeners ears. The introduction of a shimmering tambourine and another impressive vocal track adds atmosphere as the track builds and swirls into a melodic ball of sonic delight. Another impressive track from an already impressive EP. Track four ‘Rust’ jangles into earshot and I’m reminded of Black Rebel Motorcycle Club & Spacemen 3 as the shuffling drum pattern fixes itself to the earth thus allowing the instrumentation to soar, carrying that spaced out vocal line as it does. Simply stunning!
The EP’s closing track ‘Tilleli’ screams 60’s psych as it rides a droning swirling guitar, repetitive drum pattern and that impressively sounding middle eastern flourish. I even think that I can hear a banjo in the mix as that magically sounding vocal production loops and arc’s throughout the sonic sphere and builds into a magical maelstrom of beautifully textured sound. An absolutely, no holds barred, immense finale to a brilliant EP.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Del Chaney has spent the last three years not only fronting popular Irish 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.