Solaram: Love And The Sweet Devine

Solaram

Love And The Sweet Devine

Independent

 B 

Imagine that you’re driving down a stretch of lonely desert highway in your convertible in the middle of the day with the sun beating down at its hardest. You reach for a CD and you throw it in the player, you don’t care what it is, you just want some music. Chances are the CD you would pick up would be Solaram’s Love And The Sweet Divine.

Solaram are like the Rip Van Winkle of music, I imagine that the band was stuck in some sort of cryogenic sleep and finally woke up a few years ago and decided to start making music. Distinctly retro, everything them sounds like it would fit in easily with any ‘70s music mix you could possibly create. It’s rare to find a band that keeps so close to the aesthetics of decades past without becoming a parody.

They use melodic vocals wetted by some delay or reverb that gives it a very psychedelic, desert sound. Every song sounds like it might have been made up on the spot and recorded right there. I mean that in a good way. The instruments themselves don’t particularly stand out in the music; they focus more on atmosphere and vibe rather than technicality and complexity. If you’re a big fan of ‘70s music then this will definitely pique your interest, its got everything you would expect; drug references, organ playing even tambourines.

In A Word: Charming

—by , September 29, 2010


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