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LIFE'S ROAD

Three Seasons

 

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memowakeman
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4 stars Great modern-psych fiesta!

This young Swedish trio released in 2011 their debut album entitled "Life's Road", a title that is well represented in the songs, later I┤ll tell you why. The cover art is very attractive, representing the three seasons in the same number of trees, and persons, which are the band's members, I assume. The album consists of nine compositions ranging from 5 to 11 minutes, making a total time of 64 minutes.

"Too Many Choices" is the opener track, with an aggressive blend of stoner and psychedelic rock. The vocals have an intense and great sound, with lyrics in English. They are greatly complemented by those addictive guitar and bass lines playing at the same time, while a soft but chaotic atmospheric keyboards make the background. A nice short keyboard solo comes, and later the song returns to its original rhythm with the addition of different guitar figures and more emotional vocals.

"Cold to the Bone" is a very good lighter track, which never loses the psychedelic touch. It has some nice changes in mood and tempo, with slower and more pacific moments that contrast with the rockier ones. After three minutes we have a nice jam in which bass makes creative lines, keyboard produces wonderful nuances and the guitar shares trippy riffs; when we are in our trip, the band make a drastic change and return to the original form of the song. "Down to the Bottom" starts with spacey keys and drums in the first seconds, but a bit later the strings join as well as the vocals. The music is like Led Zeppelin meets Dungen meets The Dead Weather, with that great mix between 70s and 90s sound, and the result is pretty cool.

"Each to their Own" is the first out of three over-ten-minute track. It starts in a much softer way with an acid folk tune, but it is greatly progressing, joining different elements such as harmonica and a sitar-like sound. The song itself is provoking, inviting us to join their trip and take the train to Three Seasons' realm. What I like of this album, is that the music correspond to their title, which at the same time make us imagine a life's road, just as the name of the record suggests. The jam after four minutes is wonderful, truly enjoyable.

"Feel Alive" starts as a nice stoner and funky song with excellent guitars and bass lines, always accompanied by the rhythmical drums. Seconds later it slows down with delicate vocals, but this is just a short passage, because later the same voices produce a more intense sound. This is a shorter, but very good track. It is followed by "An Endless Delusion" is a well-crafted and very original track which adds new elements such as a flute. Though it does not follow the previous tracks' line, this must be one of the best compositions of the album. It shares a different sound, with a mixture of moods, rhythms, colors and nuances. After five minutes it changes, implementing a wonderful dynamism, with great guitar riffs and that psychedelic rock that characterizes them. As you noticed, this is an instrumental track. A true highlight!

"Since Our First Day" has a melancholic, disarming sound made by strings and the voice, it lasts almost three minutes, then lyrics appear and the structure is being built up little by little until it explodes and creates a strong and emotional sound. There is a cool moment where the guitar takes the lead and produces its solos, complemented by repetitive but addictive bass and drums. What I like of the band, is that none of their songs and passages are boring, no matter the rhythm or mood, they have always something creative and enjoyable to share. This song is a clear example of that.

The last couple of tracks are "Moving On" and "Life's Road". The first has a soft tone which is increasing with the pass of the seconds. The lyrics are pretty good, and the feeling is disarming and touching. The second one is another mid-tempo track, but here I really love the sound of the keyboards in its different faces. After three minutes the intensity increases, accompanied by a great psych keyboard solo; later it vanishes for some seconds, and soft guitars (acoustic and electric) and voice appear. Then it returns to the original form, progresses and finishes in its climax.

What a great debut of Three Seasons, if they keep this good rhythm, I am sure we will be hearing their name much often in the near future. Highly recommended!

Enjoy it!

memowakeman | 4/5 |

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