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THE NARCOTIC DAFFODILS

Psychedelic/Space Rock • Belgium


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Although THE NARCOTIC DAFFODILS is based in Brussels, its members are of very diverse origins (Hungarian, Moroccan, Belgian) and this is reflected very much in their resulting music. Generally, the compositions are the collaboration fruits grown from individual or collective ideas. Some of the musicians had played previously in the garage-psych-rock cover band called The Lunar Tikis, notably Simon and Flupke (organ and bass respectively). The band members cite diverse influences like Zeppelin, Floyd, Radiohead, Purple, Portishead, Caribou and Gong. The use of the Indian sitar, the Hammond or the Wurlizer organs (played by Simon Rigot), together with the very particular voice of the beautiful Irene Csordàs, and the searing guitars of Hakim Rahmouni give a special aura, and a rather unique sound, although Atomic Rooster's raw sound does come to mind.

Early May 09, the group managed to play regularly not only throughout Belgium, but abroad as well (France, Italy, UK, Netherlands), sometimes even in established festivals. The band recorded their first album in early 11 and it was released in May on the Fakto Record label (though there had been a first auto-produced demo-version released previously), and it drew some rave reviews in the country they'd played in. The group is still gaining momentum throughout Western Europe and very recently they found a track making its way onto the US label Trail Records compilation called Discovery on the Psychedelic World Music series, and it is drawing some attention. The group is about to go back in the studio in the fall 12 for a second album, due out in early 13.

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The Narcotic Daffodils Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Sean Trane
Special Collaborator Prog Folk

— First review of this album —
4 stars First album of this Brussels-based quintet, lead by organist & "sitarist" Simon Rigot along with his longtime buddy bassist Philippe Declercq. Hakim's searing guitars and Irene's haunting vocals are the other highlights of the band's psychy hard rock soundscapes, that definitely sounds late 60's or early- 70's-ish, without sounding formulaic or too retro-prog, the artwork providing an ideal and fitting complement to illustrate some of their more poetic moments in their soundscapes.

Opening on the sitar-drenched transe-inducing lengthy intro of Back From Calcutta, the tracks veers into a Hammond-driven descending riff in the Mr. Jacky second-part, being slightly reminiscent (the super Irene's vocals) of the Stones' Paint It Black. The following Happens All The Time will probably become one of the band's concert favourite and it might have the album's two catchy singles three or four decades ago. Hakim's solemn guitar opens Cat On The Roof, Irene's hard-driving vocals contrasts with Simon's calmer Hammond, so Hakim must come back in force to finally climax triumphantly. The punky-garagy track Riding The Drag shows the roots of the band from their Lunar Tikis days. The closing 13-mins+Crazy Dwarf also features some punky lyrics from the delicious Irene, but opens in a slow electric guitar arpeggio, slowly gaining momentum before going towards a "no prisoner" tempo, but quickly retroceding to a calmer but searing guitar solo, after a psyched-out middle section.

Although a rather raw-sounding first album (this is a positive comment), ND suffers from relatively straight-ahead pop lyrics sung on catchy chorus lines, which might hint that they're light on content, but such is not the case, as the band is firing from all five cylinders and is quite impressive instrumentally. Unlike many Belgian bands that struggle to find local or international concerts, ND already covered most of Western Europe, which shows that they are as dynamic on and off stage as they are in their music.

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