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Ecstatic Vision
"Sonic Praise
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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With “Promise,” a new song that is featured on Pile of Keith (a compilation of up-and-coming DIY Baltimore and Philadelphia artists released via Pack Rat Records), Abi Reimold has ventured into unexpected territory albeit momentarily. Co-written with and produced by Rob Devious, the track couples Reimold’s alluring vocals with a trap beat that locks you in as warm kinetics balance that emotional grip. Reimold is set to perform this Saturday, July 11 at Boot & Saddle, opening for SOAK.

July 07, 2015

OK Otter, a.k.a. Mike Doyle, released a new video for his bass-driven demo “Lurkers.” The footage runs through the arsenal of instruments used in the recording process. The murky mixture of thudding bass and percussion develop a sinister turned spacey setting, smoothed over by Doyle’s navigating vocals, which offer a glimpse of light through the unlit tunnel. The song is based off Stephen King's The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger.

July 07, 2015

The new music video for Free Cake For Every Creature’s “Take On Me,” which can be found on Moving Songs, (Double Double Whammy) offers a glimpse into that bedroom sound via a VHS recording. These images reinforce the direct candid nature of the lyrics and how they can hit home. Before a run of west coast dates with I Tried to Run Away When I Was 6, Free Cake For Every Creature is set to perform this Wednesday at Kat Frat on a bill that also includes The Goodbye Party, Small Wonder, and Care.

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Krust Toons: "Band Exposure" by Teddy Hazard - please feel free to drop him a line at teddandthehazards@gmail.com if you dig or have any funny ideas. You can also check out more of his illustrations and animation shorts HERE.

July 06, 2015

Below is a lovely new music video from Bad Braids, a.k.a. Megan Biscieglia, for her stirring track "Jackal." It's the lead single from her latest LP Eye of Night, which was The Deli Philly's June Record of the Month. The video was filmed at South Philly DIY space Cha-Cha'razzi by Daniel Pennington with additional animation from Tim Buckley.

July 06, 2015

Spirit Haus, a.k.a. Bruno Catrambone (CRUISR, Former Belle), has released a cover of Broken Social Scene’s “Lover’s Spit,” found on 2002’s You Forgot It in People. The lo-fi project combines keys and percussion in developing the gentle movement, crystallized by orchestral tones clearing an intimate platform for those inward peering vocals to penetrate. The recording was shared via LA-based indie label Manimal Vinyl.

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