The Soundcarriers – Harmonium
I am often very skeptical about modern psychedelic music, usually the term is bounded about as a simple way of meaning old sounding, or just used to try and give an act a cool edge. However when I heard “Harmonium” , the new album by The Soundcarriers, there was no doubt in my mind that this was the real deal.
The music here is lush, I hate that word but it sums the sound up perfectly! It is real British countryside, summer time music. From just listening to it I can imagine being in the middle of a forest with the sun shining through the leaves, and maybe some tripped out hippies dancing around some kind of stone, but don’t let them put you off.
The Soundcarriers are reminiscent of the original psychedelic, folk groups of the late 60’s such as Pentagle and The Free Design. Chris Dedrick from the Free Design wrote the sleeve notes for the album!
Some of my favourite tracks are David Alexrod-esque “Volcano”, “Cannonball”, and “Without Sound Pt II”, part one is excellent but this instrumental version has killer drums on it and is just heavy.
If you are a fan of library music, acid folk, sun-drenched harmonies and jazz, I would highly recommend “Harmonium”, without a doubt one of the best albums I’ve heard this year. Released on 25th May, but here’s a sneaky track just to wet your appetite. Enjoy!