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July 2015
Ecstatic Vision
"Sonic Praise
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Heavy-psych three-piece Ecstatic Vision conjures cosmic soundscapes with their debut LP Sonic Praise (Relapse Records). Self-ordained as “primal,” the group’s orchestration is undeniably gripping and visceral, altering the embodied state of its listener at an instant. Pressing past the tropes of genre, Sonic Praise is a hypnotic example of the outfit’s versatility. The release of Ecstatic Vision’s tripped-out LP is hopefully the first of many.
 
Beginning with the well-titled “Journey,” Sonic Praise’s opening track unfolds like a swirling chant that gradually builds to bawdy, passionate dirge filled with buzzing riffs and drums. The song’s lyricism is straightforward yet amplified by the unrelenting progression of its instrumentation. The declaration of “Journey” is unapologetic. It’s not a conversation; it’s an invitation. At its climax, the resonance of the recording brings to mind similarly transcendent tracks like Moon Duo’s “Free The Skull” or Ty Segall’s “I Wear Black.”
 
“Astral Plane” is a tentative tip of the hat to the iconic Sun Ra’s masterpiece Space Is the Place, unfolding with driving riffs and drumbeats that elicit the sensation of being transported into the ether. By the two-minute mark, “Astral Plane” is in full swing, impressive guitar work resounding as the track’s earlier established foundation persists. Each component of the song’s structure expands as frontman Doug Sabolick’s vocals urge listeners to “Look in the mirror and tell yourself/this is the place to be.” Undoubtedly indicative of the cosmos (metaphorically or literally), “Astral Plane” is trancelike, with its instrumentation possessing the power to cast a psychedelic spell that lingers well past the song’s end. Nearly thirty seconds shy of thirteen minutes of length, the temporal duration of the recording is as well warranted as it is executed. “Don’t Kill The Vibe” is equally shamanistic, with riffage that feels psychotropic. The LP’s title track, “Sonic Praise,” begins with primeval distortion comprised of oscillating tempos and forlorn chants. The effect of its prelude is mesmerizing, dark, and strangely beautiful. Thematically cult like, “Sonic Praise” is satisfyingly otherworldly, seducing its listener to give in to Ecstatic Vision’s melodic ethos without hesitation. 
 
Sonic Praise’s final anthem “Cross the Divide” extends the mysticism of the album’s narrative, ending Ecstatic Vision’s debut on a plane similar to where it began - one of enlightenment and pure rock 'n' roll. - Dianca London Potts

 

 

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The multi-instrumentalist duo Gliss dropped their newest album Pale Reflections after a heady recording/mixing process in Berlin, and it's been on perpetual repeat for me. 10 songs merge Kick in Your Heart's '60s garage rock revivalism with newer modes explored in Langsom Dans: gossamers of synth and boy/girl whispers drape over the slow-burn of distortion that's simply to die for. It's hypnotic, it's carcinogenic — it's a brilliant return for the Copenhagen/Los Angeles veterans of the art pop underground, bridging the lustrous textures of The Kills and Beach House. Fans of The Vandelles and The Raveonettes will feel right at home with Pale Reflections' tenebrous instrumentation full of feedback and toxifying hooks.

The entire album is available on Bandcamp, Amazon, iTunes, and the band's personal label Kraftwööd Musik Fabrik; listen to the title track below. - Ryan Mo

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Stream: Sneakout, "Savior"

Sneakout (neé Victory) starts "Savior" bold, in terms of both frontman Robert Fleming's canyon-spanning vocals and the claim implied by the title. The lyrics solidify it: he's saving us from the doldrums of life, promising to be a "razor" cutting us free in order to "get us living," guaranteeing it with Southern-fried riffs. Fittingly, there's a secret agent strut to the fuzzy guitars, making a good soundtrack for 1960s teens looking to escape home for the night and feel like badasses as they do. But Sneakout isn't pinned to any one vibe: you can find a sassy, hard-edged cover of Lana Del Rey's "West Coast" on his website, which also links to all his available music. Grab a free download of "Savior," and get excited thinking about the possible ways Fleming can dress up his funk in the future. - Brian J.K. Regan

 

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Jackie Cohen unveils debut track "Bold"

Singer-songwriter Jackie Cohen recalls the best of early 70's psychedelic-folk with her withdrawn, honey-toned vocal inflection, a trend that has been proliferating in the last few years with artists such as Jessica Pratt and Amen Dunes. Her first single, "Bold", is a drifting slow burner that showcases her intoxicating country drawl. With the help of madcap Foxygen member Jonathan Rado, who helped arrange the song's twangy, strung-out composition, the sparsity of the track gives Cohen the opportunity to daydream in desirous pleasure as its gentle atmosphere caresses her over an overcast, cloudy haze. 

Cohen is currently working on her first album at Dreamstar Studios with Rado, and "Bold" is proof positive that this fruitful collaboration could ultimately lead into something very haunting and alluring. 
 

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Doomgazers SHEER plays Club Violaine with Mercury Antennae, Carisa Bianca Mellado

With their first music video just a week away, Simi Valley's SHEER comes out to perform with San Francisco's ethereal wave duo Mercury's Antennae and dark experimental singer Carisa Bianca Mellado at Club Violaine. Resident DJs will also be spinning songs in tribute to Lush along with other classic '90s shoegaze hits till 2 AM.

Since 2001, Club Violaine has kept its hand on the beat of Los Angeles' shoegaze-dreampop scene, hosting local and visiting acts including The Meeting Places, Light FM, Chapterhouse, and more. For seven years, Club Violaine was hosted at Roberto's Club near Chinatown until the establishment closed late 2013. Now it seems Club Violaine has found a new home at the M-BAR Music Lounge in Boyle Heights, easily accessible via Metro. Cover is $5 all night and doors open at 9:30 PM. - Ryan Mo


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