Suns Of Thyme – Cascades album review

Germany's Suns Of Thyme have a rummage through rock’s cast-offs with new album

Suns Of Thyme, Cascades album cover

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A group of students, formed in Berlin in 2011, blend together their impeccably hip music tastes, happening upon a sound that’s been labelled ‘krautgaze’, albeit largely by online audio platforms.

Influences, then, come from the 70s krautrock and 80s shoegaze scenes, but there’s a kaleidoscope of patterns fashioned out of post-punk, psych-pop, space rock and new wave shapes, with traces of Bowie, Velvets, The Cure, Pink Floyd and Hawkwind audible through a filter of arthouse indie jingle-jangle.

As Suns Of Thyme evidently worship so many youth-cultural sounds of the past, Cascades can’t help ending up in the retro-rock junk shop, haggling for vintage pedals with Finnish stoners in Afghan coats, even if their reference points span broader than most. While not many of these 54 minutes are hugely memorable or wildly exciting – and it may seem a little ordinary compared to the bands they love – there’s a hazy compulsiveness about their interplay, with bass, drums, guitars and synths bouncing off each other in a warm chemical shimmer.

Chris Chantler

Chris has been writing about heavy metal since 2000, specialising in true/cult/epic/power/trad/NWOBHM and doom metal at now-defunct extreme music magazine Terrorizer. Since joining the Metal Hammer famileh in 2010 he developed a parallel career in kids' TV, winning a Writer's Guild of Great Britain Award for BBC1 series Little Howard's Big Question as well as writing episodes of Danger Mouse, Horrible Histories, Dennis & Gnasher Unleashed and The Furchester Hotel. His hobbies include drumming (slowly), exploring ancient woodland and watching ancient sitcoms.