Lunar Dunes - From Above. 2007 private.
Lunar Dunes - Galaxsea. 2011 4Zero.
There are scores of psychedelic space rock bands in existence these days, and that's a good thing, but there a few that clearly are rising to the top. And Lunar Dunes is in the top tier. Superior and inventive guitar work combined with a creative rhythm section define this amazing debut. The songs are well written with actual melodies, and aren't just skeletons to launch the next jam. There's a distinct Middle Eastern exotic flair, as evidenced by the hand percussion and soaring wordless female voice. 3) is remarkable in that it sounds like Tony Hill from High Tide jamming with the rhythm section of Can. The aggressive psychedelic space rock of 5) recalls the great Omnia Opera.
Aural Innovations says: "Lunar Dunes is a new band from Liverpool influenced by kraut rock, Coltrane and English psychedelia. This is their first album and was recorded in three days and mixed in five. The album includes twelve tracks and clocks in at about 75 minutes. Lunar Dunes plays energetic, psychedelic and sometimes a bit jazzy brand of instrumental space rock with guitar, bass, drums and some organ etc. The album also has some programming and features guests on cello, vocals and tampora."
And great news for fans of Lunar Dunes, as their new album "Galaxsea" has just been released on the 4 Zero label! I can't wait to hear it myself.
Highlights: 1. From Above (4:19); 2. As Below (2:46); 3. Herzegovina (interpolating Le Petit Chevalier) (8:55); 5. The Todal Gleeps (5:41); 9. When I was on Horseback (7:24); 10. Scissorbell (7:16);
And continuing with our series of new space rock albums out of England, here is Lunar Dunes' second effort that we refer to above. On this second album, Lunar Dunes goes more for atmosphere and less for pyrotechnics. On a first listen, I was slightly disappointed, but the album has grown on me quickly. The below YouTube track is a perfect example of the sounds of the album. Exotic female voices, fuzzed out psychedelic guitars, tripped out effects and post-rock like jazzy rhythms. Excellent band who have managed to create something entirely new within a familiar context.
This is another album that is not easy to find in the US. I bought mine off of ebay, and I've seen it before on Amazon from third party dealers.
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Here's hoping for a 3rd album!