'Ride to Die' is the fourth record from psychedelic rock trio Daughters of the Sun, based in Minneapolis formally but only brought together to make music rarely. 'Ride to Die' proves that the band have gotten exponentially heavier and more ridiculous with every release, this time employing overwhelming percussion and ominous synth.
- Werewolves on Wheels
- Ride to Die
- Desert Grave
- Lonely at the Top
- Fly By
- Sater's Ghost
- Reigns of Iron
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8/10 Mike Staff review, 21 August 2014
Hazy droney stoner-psych types Daughters of the Sun are back this week with album number four on the ever-reliable Not Not Fun, continuing to plough their distinctly cosmic out-rock furrow despite singer/guitarist Nick Koenigs transplanting from their native Minneapolis to LA.
Their newfound distance doesn't show on 'Ride To Die', though, with these seven tracks finding an excellent balance between celestial synth drones, fever-dream Spacemen 3 psych and head-nodding krautrock for an album that drifts between Tangerine Dream-ish ambience and a kind of woozy, hallucinatory rock chug with a confident, trance-inducing lightness that's mysterious and uplifting.
They mess with the formula a little on 'Saters Ghost', heading into a bubbling prog jam with a kind of Wet Hair-ish synthetic tribalism to it that I like, before the closer offers a tighter and more focused take on the formula with a head-nodding repeato riff and spaced-out synth swooshes aplenty, but for the most part here they're treading that dream-like line between synth ambience and psych-rock, and in fine style too.
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