This sophomore effort from Electric Eye picks up where their 2013 debut Pick-up, Lift-up, Space, Time started. Different Sun is a raucous album of psychedelic hard rock which updates the prog they love. Sitar solos? Check. Reversed guitars? Check. Distorted organs? Check. Jansen Plateproduksjon have pressed the album on double vinyl LP.
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Bergen’s Electric Eye are doing all the traditional psychedelic things. Distorting. Hypnotising. Warping. Using sitars at random. They are who they are, and that happens to be classicists. ‘Different Sun’ is busy with references to psych rockers old and new, but between the bluster they’re able to find the things that actually matter to us: striking melodies and compelling climaxes; pretty chords and sweet voices. That is to say: if you’re wondering, ‘Different Sun’ comes together nicely.
The first sign of Electric Eye’s worthiness comes in the striking vocal lines of “Silent By The River”, plus the final-word riffs that take place when the band run out of energy for soloing. The harmonies, too, show that this band aren’t just being excessive, but are trying to flesh out music that usually walks a very straight line; they’re going vertical, too. “All Of This Has Happened Before And Will Happen Again” (heavy, convoluted stuff, y’all) tries to invoke as much atmosphere with an ambient segue and clear vocal samples that intermingle with twanging sitar. In the midst of it all, they sort of forget about the song, but it at least sounds nice -- even if the journey stops and starts.
Taken in one sitting this becomes a little much -- being drenched in the drench is all well and good, but having to go through it all over again with every new song can be a slog, considering that Electric Eye make each number on this record a separate event with its own psych logic. “Bless” is busy even in its rhythm section, which pours out drum fills amidst guitars, and a bassline that can be heard as clear as day. The important thing is that Electric Eye have engineered ‘Different Sun’ to sound nice, clear and even jangly -- things it’s hard to resist in any genre.
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