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Sonora Sunrise


Psychedelic/Space Rock

3.98 | 3 ratings

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4 stars This topical Trail Records move represents an album produced by a band hailing from the Russian Altai region, geographically bordering to China and dominated by diverse highlands. Well, to entitle their debut album 'A Route Through The Canyon' therefore marks a reasonable consquence, or what? And yes, if you will expect psychedelic space stuff arranged with a special dose of melancholy, atmosphere and ethnic vibe, you're on the right trail here indeed. First of all, I was confused for a while because they have updated the band name, which originally was 'Sonora' solely. Eventually this means there are also three EP's existing, as well as a live album, which they all had self-released beforehand.

The album's flow may match an entire day being underway across the highlands, on this occasion unexpextedly starting with an atmospheric sundown though, including some narrative for a transition. Oh, I wished I already had the opportunity to listen to this when I stayed at the Baikal Sea some years ago, not really far away, at least in Siberian terms. Pure nature, as far as the eye can see. Awe-inspiring. The band is able to convey it, with instinctive certainty. Welcome To The Sandland then may open a new day with a fantastic dreamy flow including some shamanic singing at the very end. Spheric keyboard/synth patterns furthermore, relaxed drumming with a jazzy touch, hypnotic bass lines, soaring guitars all over.

Katya Zlobina will decorate some songs with georgeous ethereal vocals in the vein of Sky Cries Mary and Rada & Ternovnik. Even acoustic guitars are used, when it comes to the charming ballad Roadside Picnic, somewhat mirroring a situation sitting round a twilight campfire with elevated position while preparing for the night. The circle closes for now, no repetition, perpetual change. Very inspiring. SONORA SUNRISE offer a fine psychedelic space tune collection for your entertainment. An album ideally suited for an hour of relaxing control. Just start the journey and then close your eyes. Four and a half stars so far.

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