Two years after the very elaborate triumph march ‚The Octopus‚, Sel Balamir and Amplifier followed up with the silence after the storm ‚Echo Street‚. The band’s impressive wall of sound-spacerock on their fourth album grants a clearer view onto Balamir’s 60esque songwriting, allowing Amplifier to wrench new facets from their anachronistic Prog: ‚Echo Street‚ is a nostaligic, for the most part relaxed and cautious record, containing some of Amplifier’s strongest songs ever with ‚Where the River Goes‚, ‚Paris in the Spring‚ or ‚Mary Rose‚. With the following ‚Sunrise‚ EP being at least on the same level, the upcoming ‚Mystoria‚ can be awaited eagerly. To shorten the time until it’s release, Sel Balamir brings the HeavyPop Advent calender 2013 to an end with a list of his favourite records of this past year.
Take Jellyfish, The Beatles and ELO and make them Australian and you get Tame Impala.
Then take Tame Impala and put them through a Big Muff pedal in mono and you get ‚Hobo Rocket‚ by Pond.
I found this band on Bandcamp – they sound like they are from 1966. Which as we all know was the greatest year in Human History.
Basically I’m going through my psychedelic throwback phase. It’s as close to midlife crisis as I’m allowed to have.
Now where did I put my leather trousers….?
The Melvins can take a shit in a boot and I would still make my friends listen to it and tell them that “that’s what a proper band sounds like”
If you can speak English and you can hear – you should probably listen to what Falco has to say. He’s like Zarathustra in that book – except much less Holy and much much more sarcastic.
Thanks to Sel Balamir and Amplifier for joining the Heavypop Adventskalender 2013!