Ahkmed - Distance (IMPORT) (LP)
Distance strikes me as being based in the progressive psychedelic rock aesthetic, falling somewhere between the grand statements of 35007 or labelmates My Sleeping Karma and the alt-shoegaze of Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound or The Black Angels. The band never really stretches too far in either direction instead maintaining a pleasant balance that makes it easy to get caught up in the album's seven tracks.
All Them Witches - Our Mother Electricity (IMPORT) (CD)
Are you already in the mood for Spring and even better, for the Summer? Than turn on Our Mother Electricity from All Them Witches: a perfect album to do away with your slumbering winter depression. The first comparisons that come to mind: Danava, Kyuss light, old psychedelic rock like Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Mother Tongue, etc. The soundscape they are projecting is part ‘desert’, part old bluesy hard rock. There is a leading role for the drums too and you can’t help but smile at the keys.
Man, I love the influence the south has had on music. Whether it be blues, jazz, country, or rock something about the soul of the south etches itself in the music and it remains there... eternally. That southern soul is vibrant in Nashville's All Them Witches and one listen through Our Mother Electricity will make you a believer. The album is also completely dynamic.
For instance the first track Heavy/Like A Witch, with its Alice in Chains dual vocalizing, is heavily blues inspired with moments of intense doom and 70's era psychedelics and the very next track The Urn finds an Americana via alt country twang and has lyrical lines that demand to be sung along. The album continues to travel through fast paced rockers, soulful grooves and slower chill tracks. The final tracks Family Song For The Leaving and Right Hand are smooth, super chilled and full of luscious melody. Family... being an acoustic plucked gem really stands out while Right Hand has more of that Alice in Chains style vocalizing and then there is the sound of fingers sliding along the guitar strings... simply hypnotizing.