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The Higher Craft - The Quest into the Steppingstoneage. 2011 England


The Higher Craft - The Quest into the Steppingstoneage. 2011 Big Yellow Taxi.

I've fallen terribly behind on getting out posts for new bands. While my main focus continues to be the CD Reissue Wishlist, I feel a certain obligation to inform everyone about bands that are just as obscure - but of recent vintage. These are albums that are available to purchase, though it requires a little more digging than just checking your favorite retailers catalog updates. There's a lot of great music still being made. Most of these new albums are gaining the appropriate exposure (as far as these things go) while a few others are barely noticed at all.

In the next few days, I'll be covering some exciting new space rock albums coming from England. This would be in addition to Cranium Pie, which you can read about here. Two are from bands we've talked about on the blog before. Today's entry is completely new to the UTRCD. As is often the case, I need to thank Psychotropic Zone for first alerting me to The Higher Craft. At that time, their only album was "Magic Box" (2008), which I still haven't heard to date. After checking out some samples, I knew they were a band to watch out for. So when their new album came out, and the reviews from trusted sources surfaced, this became a must buy. Except no one actually carried the CD! After a few months of waiting, I just bought it from the band direct. They make it easy actually, so check out the link below if this all sounds interesting to you!

The Higher Craft reminds me of the heyday of the Festival Psych scene in the early 90s, at the point where some of the bands decided to drop their amateur status and get serious about the music they were making. No more cheap cassettes and drum machines, but a full blown Hawkwind-like production was employed.

I don't intend on providing a review here, as the below writings capture what The Higher Craft are about. Lead by Christina Poupoutsi, The Higher Craft possess a definitive feminine touch, a very welcome dynamic that propels space rock to a whole new dimension. They are a bit more songwriter based than most bands in the genre, but it's a dense conceptual work, and thus it all integrates very well as a whole. A true album - rather than a disparate variety of songs.

Reviews (worth reading!):

Psychotropic Zone

Aural Innovations

Writing About Music Blog

You can buy the album from the band's own website

Check out the below clip. Comes with a neat video as well!

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