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Friday, June 19, 2015

LP Review - Multiverse by Electric Valley





The sound of lo-fi stoner fuzz rock flows through Spaniards Electric Valley, with one ear firmly placed in the Kyuss inspired base, with the other finding its own voice in today’s market, their debut full-length record is drenched in nostalgia as much as it is leading the way forward in the stoner scene.

The vocals of Miky Simón carry the same muffled strain of a younger John Garcia, perfectly encapsulating the fuzzy muffled tones of the guitars and mid-paced jams, adding touches of adrenaline where necessary. The record opens with ‘Lizard Queen’, showcasing the band’s excellent ear for song writing, mixed in amongst the sounds heard throughout the record of hushed guitar riffs, buried under sand dunes of fuzz and bass-led guitar changes, but it’s a lo-fi sound which lets the vocals really cry out at times, before descending into psychedelic tinged instrumental jams, common place throughout Multiverse.

The Madrid band’s sound is exemplified on the track ‘UFO’s Rain’ as a grunge tipped vocals lead the band into their biggest chorus on offer as the guitars and vocals become their angriest, and therefore at their greatest range. By the time album closer ‘Minutemen’s Ballad’ has caressed and sent you down a stoner head-tripping swirl of muffled distortion, you begin to understand what Electric Valley are all about, a band who don’t copy the past, but one who wear their influences proudly on their sleeves, using the sound of the desert to portray the anger in their own lives. If it was a record released 20 years ago it would be lauded over, so no reason why it shouldn’t get the same praise today. 

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