Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Entrance Band "Face the Sun"

Country: USA
Sub GenrePsychedelic
LabelBeyond Beyond is Beyond
Release dateNovember 19, 2013
1. Fine Flow (8:43)
2. Medicine (4:01)
3. Spider (3:48)
4. The Crave (5:21)
5. No Needs (3:49)
6. Fire Eyes (3:37)
7. Temptation (3:37)
8. Year of the Dragon (5:38)
9. Night Cat (4:12)

Guy Blakeslee - vocals, guitar
Paz Lenchantin - bass
Derek W. James - drums

The album begins with “Fine Flow,” a rather traditional psych-rock jam that originated in the band’s 2012 EP of the same name. Wavering, watery distorted guitars skitter frantically over easy percussion, accompanied by dissonant, squawking horns. It’s full of energy, the kind of jam worthy of any summer festival, but it also has a somewhat dark edge, exposing underlying tension. Much of Face the Sun sits on this precipice of dark and light, balancing on the brink. “Medicine,” with its slinking bass and eerie vocals, says it most clearly: “[If you] wanna be free / You have to destroy / Gonna have to tear down all the walls / We’ll laugh and we’ll sing and we’ll dance upon the ruins of it all.” Several songs refer to addiction and self-destructive tendencies, like “Temptation” and “The Crave,” where Blakeslee sings, “Crying again / What’s the matter now? / Trying to quit but I don’t know how,” above a slinky, strutting riff and heavy effects.
Perhaps the strongest moment on Face the Sun is its closing track, the instrumental “Night Cat.” Eerie effects and high vocals float over a slinking beat, light guitar, and a pulsing, dark bass. Without Blakeslee’s sometimes grating vocals, you can focus more on the artful interweaving of the guitar and bass lines, the anxious, evocative tones moving in ascending melodies. At times, it almost sounds like an Explosions in the Sky track, capturing a triumphant, moving sound before submitting again to a more ominous feeling. (mxdwn.com)

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