Pumpehuset, Copenhagen, DEN - 21/4
Written by: BV on 20/12/2016 18:03:56
Electric Eye from Oslo might as well be from an entirely different planet altogether. I remember stumbling upon their album “Pick-up, Lift-off, Space, Time” sometime around 2013, finding it quite promising whilst letting it fuel my increasing fascination with Scandinavian psychedelic music in particular. This time around, the band have released an album titled “Different Sun” and while time has certainly progressed as it usually does, so has the band found a streak of progression and embedded this into their second, more developed full-length album.
From the opening drone of “Silent by the River” and the rapidly following hypnotic groove, it is entirely evident that the affinity for evocative moods and a wide sonic palette has been pushed further and utilized effectively on “Different Sun”. Simplistic vocals and fairly memorable lyrics supplement the effective yet complex soundscape – making the entire track seem far more inviting for psychedelic newcomers than I imagine it actually is. Likewise “All of This Has Happened Before and Will Happen Again” embodies everything that is great about Electric Eye – both musically and conceptually. As the title suggests, Electric Eye taps into the very essence of psychedelic music and culture – communicating the necessities to a new age of psychedelia, whilst spinning their own blend of influences into the mix. The music is reminiscent of everything from Os Mutantes, Goat and a bit of Amon Düül over to Träd, Gräs och Stenar and newer acts like The Low Frequency in Stereo and Hookworms. It resembles every one of these bands, whilst never really copying them – whether this is intentional or not, I cannot say. But it is far beyond what I had initially expected.
“Never Fade Away” once again flirts with a seemingly tribal sound, blending the funky sounds with spacious drones taking you on a kaleidoscopic sci-fi journey of the mind. If you truly let yourself go, with or without the aid of certain chemical and herbal aids, you’ll find your mind wandering towards the different sun mentioned in the album title. You’ll drift away in a sea of sounds and be completely content with it. Even if you can’t or won’t do just that, it’s still fairly safe to say that you’ll find the music to be absolutely thrilling if you’re into the psychedelic stuff. Even if you’re not, I’d like to see a decent argument against calling “Mercury Rise” a downright solid track with some sort of hit-potential.
Anyway, whether or not you’re into the psychedelic stuff is kind of irrelevant. If you’re a musically adventurous person, I can’t really fathom why you wouldn’t want to check this out.
Download: Silent By the River, Mercury Rise, All of This Has Happened Before and Will Happen Again
For The Fans Of: The Low Frequency in Stereo, Spökraket, Giöbia
Release date 05.02.2016