ARTIST: Shirley & The Pyramids
RELEASE: Shirley & The Pyramids
RELEASE DATE: 06/05/16
RECORD COMPANY: The Sound & Silence Collective (SASC019)
Saskatoon based droning psych-gazers ‘Shirley & The Pyramids’ release their brand new self-titled 7 track debut album to the masses via ‘The Sound & Silence Collective’ on the 6th May 2016. With a sound that traverses the outer edges of dreamy shoegaze & sometimes dips it’s toe into the murky waters of sullen krautrock, ‘Shirley & The Pyramids’ has its sonic roots firmly planted within the wonderful world of noisy, droning, modern day, experimental psychedelia. Expertly piloted by multi-instrumentalist Aron Zacharias, Shirley & The Pyramids will bring you on one hell of a psychedelic journey of discovery!
The metronomic opening percussive patterns of ‘Nothing Is Real’ carefully carry that repetitive guitar line as the track builds into a swirling whirlwind of beautiful droning frequencies, golden hued synth swells and beautifully majestical musical flurries courtesy of Sara Nordin on Flute! ‘Nothing Is Real’ sways, loops & arcs like swallows in flight as its etches a murmuration of beautiful sound waves that seem to circumnavigate the impressively addictive vocal track. This is a stunning first track and it opens the door to something really imaginative and experimental. Track two thunders onto the musical landscape with aplomb. ‘Past Lives’ is two minutes plus of raging vocal lines, driving guitar structures and a psychedelic strut that would knock Sid Vicious on his ass! Up next, ‘All The Time’ is beautifully melodic as it unfolds it’s shoegazing fronds. Totally reminiscent to seminal UK based psych-rockers ‘Jesus And Mary Chain’, this track oozes psych-gaze magnificence. Track four, ‘Old Fate’ floats into the sonic arena on synth swells and studio trickery and instantly reminds me of early ‘Spacemen 3’ & Jason Spaceman’s – ‘Spirtualized’. It swirls inside a sonic ball of golden frequencies & tremulous production as it’s haunting vocal lines vie for space within the cascading maelstrom of noise. Thoroughly enjoyable!
The albums penultimate piece is aptly named ‘No Direction Drone’. This track builds & builds from its opening notes as a swirling, droning, reverberating guitar line pierces the sonic ether and carves a melodic furrow through the musical landscape. Coming in at a whopping thirteen minutes plus you really need to listen to it via headphones to experience it’s full might! The album’s closing track is utterly magnificent. ‘So Free’ has humble acoustic beginnings but it builds into a soaring monolith of psych induced brilliance. Floating on a wave of melodic vocal lines and shimmering guitars it soars into it’s chorus progressions with stunning effect before breaking into calmness, like waves crashing on a stoney beach, only then to erupt once more into a monstrous wave of nightmarish sonic intensity on into it’s stunning 60’s experimental psych sounding finale. A wonderful ending to a brilliant collection of tracks.
Recommended listening and one that I’ll be going back to again & again!
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, DreamPop, PostPunk, PostRock & PsychRock 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.