Journey Outside of Time by Gypsy Sun Revival: Review

Journey Outside of Time is the latest release from psychedelic rock band Gypsy Sun Revival. The quintet are based in Texas, and between them play hand drums, organ, bass, drums, synth, guitar, theremin and vocals. Listening to their music is like travelling in a time machine back to the fun, free-loving sixties while still keeping a bit of modern tech and style to keep the sound fresh. With influences that include Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd and Earthless, you can expect high quality music from this emerging band.

The album begins with the track Growing Shadows. It’s a piece with the signature heavy reverb/echo we all associate with psychedelia, and the guitar melody includes a dash of blues that speaks to the soul. Pisces Part 1 has an underlying drone, common in Indian music, which was heavily drawn on by groups such as the Beatles and Beach Boys. I enjoyed the effect put on the vocals, making the melody sound almost as if it were sung underwater. The next song, entitled Pisces Part 2, followed on from the first part well, using heavy distortion on the guitar and an harmonic minor. I thought the excerpts of synth every now and then were great; subtle and in no way overused, enough for the listener to be intrigued but not confused.

I thought Departure began too much like the previous track ended. Although it blended well, it became a taxing on my ears to hear the same tempo and melodic style for so long. However, the track (around eight minutes in length) was redeemed when I realised how many different sections it possessed. At the three minute mark there was a change in drumming pattern and instrumentation, reminding me of Indian tabla music. Cadillac to Mexico had an excellent guitar hook which featured in the first half of the chorus. I found the vocals in this song, and indeed throughout the album, to be versatile and expressive. If you enjoy a bit of stellar guitar playing, I would suggest skipping straight to the track To the Sky. Not only does the guitar feature heavily in this song, the riff is just really groovy. To finish off the album, Indigo employed some experimental guitar effects and techniques (around the five minute mark) which I found exceptionally highlighted the band’s willingness to explore new territory and take risks.

Overall, this album is a fine example of psychedelic rock. I implore anyone who enjoys the genre to check this band out. I give the album 9.5/10.

For more information, visit the band’s Website, Facebook and Bandcamp

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