Album Review: Happy Diving – Electric Soul Unity

11183_JKTHappy Diving – Electric Soul Unity

Garage Rock | Psychedelic Rock

70%

I’m not sure about soul or unity, but “electric” does a good job of describing this high octane album. This furious feedback fuelled torrent of garage rock goodness certainly leaves your head spinning and your ears ringing. Each of the many rapid-fire rockers on offer packs in an unparalleled level of raw energy. Whilst garage rock can often be simplistic and lose it’s musicality, if you dial back the fuzzy reverb and really listen you can hear a high level of musicianship at work. Tracks like ‘Don’t Be Afraid Of Love’, ‘Shed Light’ and ‘The Call, It Thunders’ feature some heavy and complex guitar work reminiscent of Sonic Youth and Dinosaur Jr.

The albums softer moments such as ‘Head Spell’ and ‘Unknown Feeling’ provide a much needed change of pace. It’s the interplay between the album’s two alter egos, the hard driving rock and the honest balladry, that provides Electric Soul Unity‘s most memorable moments. The light and shade on display is very promising and is hopefully something that the band will continue to develop on future releases. Don’t get me wrong, it’s kind of album that you need to be in the right mood for otherwise it can be a lot to take in and feel like an unrelenting assault on the senses. But should that mood take you then you are in for one wild ride.

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