This is a site where I post reviews of CDs, DVDs, LPs, and concerts. I have been writing music reviews on and off since 1984. I ran a heavy metal fanzine from 1984-1988 called Metal Madness and have been a staff writer for Aural Innovations for many years. I have also contributed to Chrohinga Well (RIP), Bad Acid (RIP), Lowcut (RIP), Roadburn and a number of other zines as well. I recently moved to Portugal so please request the new address and do not send any music to Denmark anymore. Tak..
Friday, February 6, 2015
Sun and the Wolf- Salutations (World in Sound WIS-3024)
is a new band for me but they have a catchy groove and remind me of
Spirtualized or early 90s Sundial without the great guitar playing. They are a
quartet originally from New Zealand but moved to Berlin to make their mark on
the music world. The band has previously released one record, called White
Buffalo. I really dig the opening track, 87 years, such a cool groove and sound.
Settle Down has a more dark vibe and is one of the longer tracks at nearly
5mins and has some drone synths and some conga in the mid-end groove section
and some guitar but not that interesting compared to the rest of the sound.
Great track. ! All we Need features a real 60s fuzz guitar and vibe but still
have floating feeling. Ghetto Drum is a slightly slower piece with these
slightly more spacey vocals and guitars. Waves
in front of Me has a some cool layers of fuzz and wah guitar as a heavy
deep bass line pushes the track as the vocals put you in this ethereal world.
Into this Mess starts off like a jam with a lazy bluesy, psychedelic guitar as
the groove gets more catchy and melodic vocal develops to follow the guitar or
the other way around and then they have a bit of a jam and space out but the
guitar player only teases and never really just kicks ass and plays a massive
solo.. only toying with us, sadly… This is probably my favourite track with the
opening one but still under 5mins. The Fisherman starts with a loop and then
the drums and bass kick in and then the vocals and happy vibe. Why are we not
Fading is one of the more hard rocking tracks on the CD. Never Sorry finished
off the CD and is another of the more melodic dreamy tracks. A lot of this CD I
liked a lot and some of it was bit too mainstream dreamy pop rock stuff but
fans of Tame Impala, Spiritualized, and the 90s UK psych-pop scene should check
these guys out. They write a lot of good songs.