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Psychedelic/Space Rock

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siLLy puPPy
4 stars LORDFISH is a newer psychedelic leaning progressive rock band taking the city of San Jose, Costa Rica by storm and achieving an eclectic style of sounds all captured up in the world of trippy space rock. Their very first release is their eponymously titled EP that just nudges over the half hour mark at 33 minutes and 53 seconds. The band consists of five members with the usual space rock instruments on board such as guitars, organs, bass and drums but it's how LORDFISH play with different effects and mix and meld different styles of progressive rock with space and jam rock that gives them a distinctly unique flavor. Following the recipe of an interesting album plan, this short but sweet release consists of six tracks that vary substantially enough to create a compelling listen.

It all begins with the intro "An Epic Battle" which begins with what sounds like a heartbeat on keys but quickly becomes lost in a frenzy of echoed effects and swirling guitars. Vocalist Marcio Bonilla begins to recite poetry in English that gradually gets more intense while a second narration accompanies at a less frantic pace. "Sol" continues imperceptibly as the organ drone organ drone connects the two tracks with some jangly guitar noises and bass notes joining in and ratcheting up the tension. Cymbal action slowly falls in line as the keyboards start increasing the tempo until it all breaks into a more Pink Floyd type of space rock sound. As the longest track it continues to morph into a symphonic prog type of sound and then once again abruptly changes it up with heavy hard rock guitars, Rick Wakeman type keyboard wizardry and then some bluesy guitar soloing and this is only half way through the track! It morphs again with a funky bass line and then the rest of the pack joins in for a rather Santana-esque Latin rock jam that turns things around back into spacey rock territory and by the time the track ends it is more ambient space than rock. No sung lyrics on these.

"Dance Of The Madgod" begins with a heavy bass line, echoey guitar effects and vocals that picks up steam and becomes heavy rock laced with Santana-esque organs with a vocal style that reminds me of early 70s heavy psych bands however things change up and it morphs into a more post-rock type of sound for awhile and then a little circus music flair pops in. It ends with a heavy Doors type feel of quickened rock guitars with organ. "Sonatanas" begins as a J.S. Bach organ solo in Baroque style but slowly morphs into Krautrock bizarreness as the organ gets freakier and guitar, bass and drum jump all over the place. It turns into a spaced out run of non-melodic noise for a while but is woken up by a drumbeat and then becomes a retro heavy psych type of vocal jam with guitars on the heavy side with some nice proggy workouts. "Pig-Skin Veil" slows things down a bit with dripping water and thunderstorms ushering in a placid clean guitar run with spacier vocals and a post-rock type of atmosphere. The thunderstorm effects don't just drift away but pop in from time to time. A piano keeps the melody in play. "Requiem" begins with heavy guitars and enters hard rock territory with an alternating piano part that adds a unharmonious type of counterpoint while the bass and drum chug away. Nice guitar solo action as well as well as freaky breakdowns with funk guitar and effects.

I'm impressed with this debut from LORDFISH. They have a very promising sound indeed. They maturely tackle many styles of music and keep them going strong throughout the playing time. There is certainly room for improvement as the compositions could be a little more tightly configured and Bonilla could stand a bit more practicing in the vocal department but overall this is a very interesting slice of psychedelic space rock with all kinds of proggy touches. While influences are aplenty, none stand out as the dominate force and it never feels like anything was merely ripped off from another band. I'm confident that LORDFISH will only continue to refine their sound and create a much improved full-length album. For now, i'm impressed with this debut EP.

siLLy puPPy | 4/5 |


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