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Album of the day: Colour Haze – She Said

Posted on Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: For a few minutes, let’s try and remove Colour Hazes 10th studio outing, She Said, from the context in which it was created. Those who’ve followed the groundbreaking German heavy psych trio’s progress over the time since their last album, 2008’s All, was released know She Said is a long time coming, the Munich trio having hit technical snags enough for three records, let alone one.

They built and rebuilt a studio in the process, but as the sounds of the finished versions of She Said’s eight component tracks are sweet enough to make one forget nearly anything, it doesn’t seem like a stretch to pull the record out of the tumult and examine it on its own level. Colour Haze in 2012 is a different band than was Colour Haze in 2008. Not in the lineup of guitarist / vocalist Stefan Koglek, bassist Philipp Rasthofer and drummer Manfred Merwald, which has remained consistent since 1998, but in plenty else.

Of course, they’ve played shows all along the four-year span between records – European touring, stints at Duna Jam and Roadburn, etc. – but even outside the band, the context in which She Said arrives is different than that which met All when it came out through Koglek’s Elektrohasch Schallplatten imprint, itself a driving force in European heavy psych.

The climate was different. Colour Haze had been on a hot streak of genre-defining records that included 2003’s Los Sounds de Krauts, 2004’s Colour Haze and 2006’s Tempel, but even All couldn’t anticipate the explosion of bands who have emerged in the subsequent years who’ve taken influence from Colour Haze’s tonally warm, jam-ready aesthetic. With She Said, they emerge as leaders of a scene they helped create.

Whether it’s younger acts like Sungrazer, The Machine and Wight or their peers as much as they have any, Colour Haze have had a pervasive effect on their surrounding European scene – one can hear elements of theirs in American bands like Elder as well – and She Said is their first album to be released since that scene around them solidified as a group of bands touring and issuing works of their own. So even in the timing, much-hindered though it has been, She Said captures Colour Haze at a special moment in their career.

But though the album arrives with twice the longest stretch between records since this lineup came together, it’s important to remember that these songs have likely been in the works for two years already. Pieces may have been added and expanded along the way, but stylistically, She Said shouldn’t be expected to be any more of a leap from All than All was from Tempel, or Tempel from the self-titled, and so forth.

However, Colour Haze have always shown a distinct drive toward progression, have never failed to evolve from one collection to the next, and that applies as well to She Said, which though it seems to work in a lot of the same moods and atmospheres as All, is relentless in its pursuit of taking those ideas further.

Continue rreading: The Obelisk: REVIEW: Colour Haze, She Said
(Courtesy of JJ Koczan / The Obelisk)

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Album of the day: Lord Fowl – Moon Queen

Posted on Sunday, August 12th, 2012

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Oh, so you have a band, that’s great. Wow, look how many notes you can play and how many times you can change tempo…and your songs have so many parts…I’m impressed!!! Now please unplug your instruments, step aside and let Lord Fowl show you just […]

Album of the day: Wight – Through the Woods into Deep Water

Posted on Saturday, August 4th, 2012

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: “Clear-headed” probably isn’t a fitting descriptor for something so fuzzed out as Through the Woods into Deep Water, but in trying to sum up the progression of German stoner trio Wight on their second album, nothing else quite fits. The Darmsdadt three-piece made their debut […]

Album of the day: Sons of Otis – Seismic

Posted on Saturday, July 21st, 2012

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: The thing about listening to Sons of Otis is that, if you’ve ever heard them before, you probably know what’s coming. The Toronto tone merchants have trafficked in densely crushing psychedelia since before the release of their first album, Spacejumbofudge, in 1996, and despite lineup […]

Album of the day: Arc Of Ascent – The Higher Key

Posted on Saturday, July 14th, 2012

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Last time I heard Aukland based Kiwi stoner groove merchants Arc Of Ascent I was reviewing their excellent Circle Of The Sun album in 2010, which you can read here. In the throes of moving house at the time, I received the CD at […]

Album of the day: Sleep – Dopesmoker (Deluxe Reissue)

Posted on Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Lovingly pinched from The Sleeping Shaman: Oh come on. This review really is redundant before it’s even begun isn’t it? I mean, where does one begin when reviewing an album that is the very epitome of a genre of music that the band who created it helped define, an album […]

Album of the day: Electric Moon – The Doomsday Machine

Posted on Friday, January 6th, 2012

Lovingly pinched from Doommantia: Sula Bassana’s Electric Moon is back with a yet another release, I say another because I have lost count with the amount of albums available from this band but I believe this is number four, not counting all the CDR live recordings that are also available. […]

Album of the day: Humo del Cairo – Vol.II

Posted on Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: While it rested its strength in laid back desert atmospherics, the 2010 self-titled debut album from Buenos Aires rockers Humo del Cairo was more a show of potential than a distinguishing statement. It made the trio a band to watch. The quick-arriving follow-up, Vol. II […]

Album of the day: Elder – Dead Roots Stirring

Posted on Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

Lovingly pinched from Doommantia: I must confess I am lost for words to describe this masterpiece from Elder. Some bands match expectations with new releases, some disappoint but Elder have exceeded all possible expectations with Dead Roots Stirring. I can’t honestly say this is ‘album of the year’ as it […]

Album of the day: Freedom Hawk – Holding On

Posted on Saturday, September 17th, 2011

Lovingly pinched from The Obelisk: Virginian four-piece Freedom Hawk began to carve their name on the American riffy consciousness with 2009’s self-titled full-length, released by MeteorCity. That album earned generally favorable comparisons to Fu Manchu (from me as well), and on the follow-up, Holding On, the double-guitar unit maintain that […]