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Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.49 | 5 ratings

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3 stars Israeli band Realeaf was formed in 2006 and released this, their first album, in 2007 through their own label they created for their music.

Their music travels a wide scope of emotions, from delicate and soothing to rock passages with the guitar leading the way to climatic, powerful and moving. The band knows how to create effective space-rock themes with psychedelic elements and a good example of that would be the track Floating Underground, which incidentally has a very prominent and appealing bass line. The synths add a great spacey atmosphere with their effects and the guitars soars through them; all this results in an excellent tune. The tracks flow very well from one to the next (some are directly connected) and there is a very homogenous sound to the album; A somewhat sad and depressed mood that yet has optimism in it. A good example of that is the beautiful song Peaceful 5 which while being short and acoustic mixes the melancholy of the album with a brighter than usual sense than the rest of the songs on this album; the vocal harmony of the band members are done well and are very beautiful. Sound references would be the spacey rock period of Porcupine Tree (Sky Moves Sideways) with a bit of the later material as well with touches of symphonic-prog/art-rock a-la King Crimson and Anekdoten as is evident from the flute part; also there are post-rock characteristics of climatic guitar riffs peaks.

The vocals are not the strong side of the band, though they do not detract much from the music. Not that they are bad, but a stronger, fuller voice style would give the music a stronger effect.

Overall, an enjoyable album I'll come back to listen to; however I do hope they'll form more of their own sound and rely less on the influences I mentioned above.

3.5 stars.

avestin | 3/5 |


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