Holy River Family Band - Welcome to the Riverhouse. 1998 Wild Places (USA)
Holy River Family Band - Earthquake Country. 2001 Wild Places (USA)
"Haida Deities" is an excellent debut album by Holy River Family Band, a group born from The Spacious Mind and shortly thereafter also bred Kundalini. The album starts off, perhaps predictably, more peaceful and tranquil before launching its first full force acid guitar fronted jam on 'Eztetl'. The 29 minute closing track is like eating only the frosting on the cake - especially if you're a psychedelic instrumental freak. There's quite a bit to take on at once, and watch out for the sugar rush if not careful. Guitars, organs, synthesizers, hand percussion and a slew of exotic stringed and percussive instruments are on display. If you love the 1990s Swedish psychedelic sound, itself spawned from the early 70's works by Flasket Brinner, International Harvester and Algarnas Tradgard, then "Haida Deities" is a no-brainer purchase.
Though a double CD, I found "Welcome to the Riverhouse" more digestible than the debut single CD. There is more actual songwriting here, and the albums flow more naturally. That's not to say I like this one any better, probably about the same if I'm honest. However the long, almost insufferable psychedelic jams, are gone here. Without question if you're looking for a place to start with the Holy River Family Band, this is the CD to go with.
Following on from "Welcome to the Riverhouse", Holy River Family Band continue on their trek down the songwriting path. On "Earthquake Country" you will here more of a folk-rock sound with more diversified instrumentation. Much in the same way that The Spacious Mind's "Sailing the Seagoat" was a musical departure for that great psychedelic band (who shares members with the Holy River Family Band). The weakest of their 3 fully realized albums, though still worthy of ownership.
There is a 4th album called "Trio", also from 2001, that was released only as a CD-R. I haven't heard that title to date.