Sunday, 28 May 2017

THE SONIC DAWN - INTO THE LONG NIGHT (Heavy Psych Sounds LP, CD, D/L).

Outta the fertile Copenhagen Psych scene, Danish trio The Sonic Dawn have a slightly more skewed, idiosyncratic vision of 60s Garage/Psych than most bands mining the the same rich seam, their latest record, Into the Long Night, sees the band find real gems from a wider range of influences than most. On the surface The Sonic Dawn mix of 60s Freakbeat and West Coast Psychedelia, pulling in inspiration from jazzy Sitar Pop to heavy Psychedelic Rock, takes in the same acid infused influences as many of their peers, however the new album is deceptively complex, fluidly shifting between late 60s pop, mid 70s fusion and more modern Psych Rock strains crafting a style of familiar elements that is immersive yet decidedly their own.

Following a swirling 'Intro' piece, Into The Long Night kicks off proper with the mellow West Coast groove of ‘Emily Lemon’ and continually shape shifts through nine tracks of excellent Psychedelia. With a urgent electric piano riff, ‘On The Shore’ channels early 70s Jazz/Psych fusion before the album crashes into the groovy 60s Beat influenced ‘As Of Lately’………..the technical term, we think, is “all over the shop” as the record twists through heavy Psych Blues before taking a massive left turn into the beautiful, laid back and shimmering ‘Light Left On’ before finally closing with the electric sitar headswirler ‘Summer Voyage’. There is a lot to love here………..The Sonic Dawn have recorded an album that spans the whole 60s/70s Psychedelic spectrum and is the perfect soundtrack for hanging out on a balmy summer’s day with a few beers  and something interesting to smoke.

Out NOW via Heavy Psych Sounds on vinyl, CD and as a digital download from their online store, the usual online retailers and all good record shops. Also available directly from the band from their Bandcamp page here https://thesonicdawn.bandcamp.com/album/into-the-long-night where you can also stream the whole album. Check it out People.


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