Colour Haze - All
We loved "Tempel", the 2006 offering from Colour Haze, a prime piece of psychedelic stoner that soared and swooned in equal measures, so this new release was a welcome visitor to the decks of despair. Strangely, though, this one seems closer in spirit to their 2004, eponymous, album. But it's a goodie nonetheless.
Colour Haze are seven albums into their career now, so they've developed an understanding of each other, which has allowed the members (Stefan Koglek on guitars/vocals, Philipp Rasthofer on bass and Manfred Merwald on drums) to develop an understanding of each other, which radiates through the seamless musical interaction.
Because they are a band that like to improvise, but if you don't know where your musical partners are heading, then that's going to end in tears for performers and listeners alike. For sure, it doesn't work all the time, but the title track and 'Lights' are the sound of a band united in their direction. I could do without Stefan Kogleks falsetto vocals, but it's not something that has ever rocked my boat.
They still switch between the shorter, more instant songs and the long jamming epics, but it's on the latter that you'll find the most pleasure. If psych is your thing, this will be one of the albums of the year.http://www.colourhaze.de/
:twisted :twisted :twisted 1/2 / 3.5 out of 5