Danish psych-rockers, Causa Sui, have built a loyal fan base since 2005. This is due to some sensational live shows and praise from the like of Arch Drude, Julian Cope, and Uncut and Mojo magazines. Their sound draws on influences as widespread as electric-era Miles Davis, Allman Brothers Band and Can. Euporie Tide is their third album and was originally released in 2013.
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Causa Sui’s most recent album, the double LP excursion into heavy cosmic psych moods that was 'Pewt’r Sessions', was a bit of a favourite around these parts, and now Jonas Munk(aka Manual)’s stoner rock troupe are at it again with another paean to rock history, ‘Euporie Tide’, nailing their nostalgia-rock flag to the mast straight off the bat with the good time Ameri-rock riffing of ‘Homage’.
Things even go a bit Grateful Dead in the middle where the distortion temporarily drops off with the sunnily downbeat ‘Fichelscher Sun’ followed by ‘Ju-Ju Blues’ which quite effectively adds some organ tones which bring to mind the Doors’ sadly missed Ray Manzarek, as the band slowly build back their head of steam until they’re spunking rainbows of Bonham-esque drums and Headsy guitars.
This album seems more structured and focused than their previous work, with the riffs a little tighter and more obvious and less reliance on improvisation. In some ways it’s better - it’s certainly an accessible and head-nodding collection with a lot of warmth and energy to it - but when I reach Side D and they do finally stretch out and get some cosmic jamming going on with the spaced out ‘Euporie’ and laid back ‘Eternal Flow’ it’s a welcome relief from the occasionally cheeseball ‘70s posturing and obvious riffing of the first three quarters of the album. Still, it’s entertaining and thoroughly listenable throughout. Get that bong going.
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