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Ecstatic Vision: Sonic Praise

Philly psych voyagers find themselves stuck in orbit

Rolling into the crowded psych landscape, Philadelphia’s Ecstatic Vision have tapped into a captivating realm of arresting tempos, cartwheeling guitar solos and shout-out dancefloor exhortations.

The reference points are fairly distinct, the most obvious being their amplified extension of Hawkwind’s gauzey improvisational layering, alongside the twitchy repetition of latter-day EDM. The album’s unqualified centrepiece is …To The Astral Plane – a transfixing 12-minute headtrip through a frenetic matrix of pulsating drum-and-bass grooving that bursts into a pummelling, rave-friendly gallop at the two-minute mark.

Don’t Kill The Vibe showcases a punchy cadence awash in waves of echoey, reverb-drenched guitars. The grooves are physically irresistible, although by the end of the second song, you’ve essentially heard 90% of the record. Lyrically the prognosis is grim, boasting couplets like, ‘When your [sic] free you will find/Life can be a good time.’ But if you’re looking for a bouncy respite from reality, then Sonic Praise will do quite nicely. Also great for late-night, neighbour-bothering afterparties.

Joe Daly

Camped out in Southern California, Joe pens features, reviews albums and covers live shows for Metal Hammer and Classic Rock. When he’s not bothering his neighbours with Rammstein, Joe’s typically off playing ice hockey, fumbling around on a bass or letting his dogs guilt him into a nice long walk.