Dave Schmidt of Electric Moon and Interkosmos runs Sulatron Records and brings Neo-Psych to the forefront, the latest offering is the UK’s Gary Ramon fronted project Sun Dial returning with a follow up to their 2012 album Mind Control. They’ve been travelling through psych-space for 26 years, so are your perfect guides.
CD £12.99 St16062
CD on Sulatron.
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Vinyl Double LP £34.99 ST 1606
2LP reissue on Sulatron. Edition of 500 copies.
9/10 gbar 22nd April 2017
If you liked their previous album 'Mind Control', then Sun Dial's newest record will blow your mind. It has the perfect blend of space rock and Krautrock, which is miles ahead of the bands who are still trying to get their heads round such genres. It does weigh in at around 72 minutes, but with the astronomical length, it enables you to experience all sorts of emotions throughout the journey: from the atmospheric acoustics of ‘Sea of Rain’, through to the jazz-infused electronica of ‘Sun Gate’ and ‘Eclipse’. As is the usual liquid nature with Sun Dial, it's difficult to pin them down to just one sound. 'Made In The Machine' also twists and turns through different genres, including the martian disco groove of ‘Ascension' and the techno drive of ‘Aurora’. The centrepiece ‘Autopilot’ is a complex and challenging 15-minute journey that features a heavy sitar-infused Eastern raga rhythm combined with with the usual space rock themes. Nowadays, Sun Dial albums don’t come along very often, but when they do it is always worth the wait.
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