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SUN DIAL

Psychedelic/Space Rock • United Kingdom


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SUN DIAL is a British space rock band formed in 1990 by guitarist Gary Ramon. He started recording on his own under the moniker THE MODERN ART, but later went on forming a real band 'that could go out and play'. Beginning with 'Other Way Out' every produced album features a different line up and another way of musical expression. Based on a proper experimental approach, while partially delving into electronics, the music combines also elements of heavy psych, stoner, shoegaze and neo psychedelia.

After the 1996 live album 'Live Drug', Ramon took SUN DIAL on an extended hiatus and devoted his time to producing records by other bands, many of these were released on his own Acme label. In 2002 he made a restart with a new line-up, followed by a 20th Anniversary 2-CD anthology named 'Processed For DNA' in 2010, before continuing with an eponymous studio output and the newest album 'Mind Control' so far in 2012.

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3.96 | 5 ratings
Other Way Out
1990
4.50 | 2 ratings
Reflecter
1992
5.00 | 1 ratings
Libertine
1993
5.00 | 1 ratings
Return Journey
1993
3.50 | 2 ratings
Acid Yantra
1995
2.00 | 1 ratings
Zen For Sale
2003
3.00 | 1 ratings
Libertine Deprogrammed
2006
3.00 | 1 ratings
Sun Dial
2010
0.00 | 0 ratings
Mind Control
2012
5.00 | 1 ratings
Made in the Machine
2016
3.00 | 1 ratings
Science Fiction - A Compendium Of Space Soundtrax
2018

SUN DIAL Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.00 | 1 ratings
Live Drug
1995

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SUN DIAL Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.00 | 1 ratings
Shards of God
2006
3.00 | 1 ratings
Processed for DNA
2010

SUN DIAL Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.00 | 1 ratings
Overspill
1991
3.00 | 1 ratings
Fazer
1992
3.00 | 1 ratings
Apollo
1995
1.00 | 1 ratings
Salem
2008
1.00 | 1 ratings
Equinox
2009
1.00 | 1 ratings
Afterlife
2009

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 Science Fiction - A Compendium Of Space Soundtrax by SUN DIAL album cover Studio Album, 2018
3.00 | 1 ratings

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Science Fiction - A Compendium Of Space Soundtrax
Sun Dial Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Rivertree
Special Collaborator PSIKE Team & Band Submissions

— First review of this album —
3 stars Now this one showcases a project spanning more than 20 years, a long term plan to release a collection of space themed soundtracks. Some excerpts from the SUN DIAL repertoire already have been in demand for various film and television soundtracks in the past. The twelve songs given are equally applicable for sure. The album indicates a move to a progressive electronics project, of course with Gary Ramon as the head. And so, without having any liner notes at hand yet, this seems to be a solo works more or less, probably with additional support by longtime companion Scorpio. The twelve tracks are relatively short when speaking of prog terms, except the CD bonus track nothing is crossing the five minute running time here.

You may like to disappear into some relaxed and dreamy space stuff from time to time? Then you're on the right track here. A vintage kraut and psychedelic pop appeal is evident all over. Electronics are dominating, including drums and bass, in most cases at least. But this is also nicely spiked with organ, mellotron, acoustic guitar and sitar now and then. Ramon harmonizes krautish hypnotic beats and catchy melodies in a remarkable manner. A beneficial addition to the Sulatron Records back catalogue. Available on vinyl or compact disc, on the latter occasion equipped with my personal highlight, the extended version of Hangar 13. 3.5 stars.

 Other Way Out by SUN DIAL album cover Studio Album, 1990
3.96 | 5 ratings

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Other Way Out
Sun Dial Psychedelic/Space Rock

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars It's incredible how this 1990 release sounds like it came straight out of 1968. This sounds so authentic with the fuzzed out, wah wah guitars along with the spacey manipulated vocals and trippy sound. SUN DIAL is the project of vocalist and guitarist Gary Ramon who's from England. Like Steven Wilson he was a one man band recording music until he decided he wanted to play his tunes live and that's how this band came about. This is the debut. And speaking of Steven Wilson there are a couple of songs on here that would fit perfectly on "On The Sunday Of Life" which was recorded a year or so before this one. This sounds like Syd Barrett era PINK FLOYD overall, acid psychedelia and I like that we also get some flute and organ.

"Plains Of Nazca" was the first song I heard from SUN DIAL and I was shocked at how much this sounds like PORCUPINE TREE's "On The Sunday Of Life". I mean even the vocals sound like Wilson. We get organ and more to start in this hazy, psychedelic beauty. A beat and bass joins in as this trips along. Vocals after a minute. This is so good! Just close your eyes and groove to the music. Pulsating organ around 2 1/2 minutes as the vocals step aside. The guitar replaces the organ after 3 minutes, nice bass too as the vocals return. Themes are repeated and I'm glad this plays out for 7 1/2 minutes. Great start!

"Exploding In Your Mind" has down-tuned fuzzed out guitar as bass then drums and vocals join in. Some ripping guitar on this one as it plays out. On the chorus he cries out "Clouds exploding in your mind". "Magic Flight" has strummed guitar and melancholic flute to start as it builds. Bass, drums and manipulated vocals join in this hazy sounding tune. Flute to the fore at 1 1/2 minutes as it builds then the guitar starts to solo. Vocals are back in this tripped out piece of psychedelia. Great sounding flute and guitar with the latter dominating late.

"She's Looking All Around" is a top three song for me along with the opener. Dual guitars, one electric one acoustic as spacey vocals join in around a minute, bass too. This is another drugged out sounding tune and this one trips along for over 9 minutes. Catchy as well. Love that flute around 3 1/2 minutes but the guitar is back leading a minute later. Vocals are back before 6 minutes then the guitar leads again after 8 minutes.

"World Without Time" is coming. My final top three. I like the dual guitars like at the start of the previous track as the vocals join in. Drums, percussion and fuzzed out guitar to the fore around 1 1/2 minutes. Vocals are back with those trippy lyrics. Flute before 3 1/2 minutes then the guitar leads before the vocals return before 5 minutes. "Visitation" is a short tune with spacey vocals, drums, bass and electric guitar. This sounds really good and the guitar is so tripped out. Vocals are back after 2 minutes.

"Other Side" has this catchy pulsating organ as the bass, drums, guitar and vocals join in. You can't help but move to the music here. The guitar solos after 2 minutes then the vocals return. Pulsating organ again before 3 1/2 minutes. "Lorne Blues" ends it with fuzzed out guitar, bass and a beat. Love the guitar here and vocals don't arrive until after 3 minutes.

One of the best from 1990 although it wasn't a great year for adventerous music I'll say that. Still a solid 4 star album that really impressed me. For fans of Syd.

Thanks to rivertree for the artist addition.

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