The Aliens' Luna
A few years ago, a close friend of mine told me to check out a certain album. I recently rediscovered it on my computer, and let me just say this: very few albums today truly capture the feel of a previous generation. The second studio effort by Scottish trio The Aliens, however, pays great homage to its shimmering psychedelic influences. You can almost hear John Lennon humming his mantras in the background. The whole album is killer, start to finish. The opening track, the sprawling, ten-minute "Bobby's Song", is a magnum opus of eclectic songwriting mixed with sun-splashed synths, hazy sky-high vocals, fuzzy guitars, accordions, all matter of extraterrestrial bleeps and bloops, on top of the drone that made 60s psychedelia so popular. As the album progresses, "Theremin" draws the listener in with hypnotic drums and chimes underneath dripping, acid-soaked vocals. One of the things that makes this album truly great, however, is its easy accessibility; it's pleasant to all ears and there's something for everyone. The following track, "Everyone" is straightforward 60s dream pop, very reminiscent of Sgt. Pepper's and Revolver-era Beatles, while the driving lead single "Magic Man" has almost a Bowie-esque bounce to it, a solid groove balancing the delicate guitar lines and electronic cascades. A second ten-minute long bruiser, "Billy Jack" is the album's foray into sped-up arena psychedelia, with pounding drums and that crunchy Hendrix feel to the solos that skate underneath the powerful vocals before devolving into a sparkling acoustic guitar/keyboard folk section and building back into a cacophony that takes you right to the sonic brink before easing you back to reality. The instrumental tracks "Amen" and "Luna", while not album highlights, are interesting enough in their own regard for their use of sound and space. If you want something that truly brings back the feeling of 1967-1972, check this album out, I haven't been able to stop listening to it since I rediscovered it. It's my official new feel-good album.
Check out "Bobby's Song" and tell me you're not hooked within 30 seconds.