Wednesday, November 12, 2014
REVIEW: Cool Ghouls - A Swirling Fire Burning Through the Rye
The album kicks off with the energetic "And It Grows", with chunky, psych guitar riffs and soaring harmonies. The following "The Mile" is a garage nugget featuring a muscular groove and ringing guitar accents. The boys may not consider themselves retro, but this is one of those songs that reminds me of the Sir Douglas Quintet. "What A Dream I Had" is a slower paced psychedelic track. The proceedings shift back to the garage rock side of the ledger for the duration, providing my favorite songs of the set. Running the table are "Orange Light", "Insight", the glorious anthem "Get A Feeling" (this one should be on everyone's party mix), "Across the River", the delightfully Byrdsian "Reelin'" and "New Moon", and the relaxed swing of "Sweet Rain". They unspool like a band recorded live in a single setting, with increasing confidence and swagger. In fact, I assure you that as good as the three songs embedded below are, to my ears they aren't even the best songs on the album. From track four on this album races into garage rock gold standard territory -- a band that is instrumentally tight, focused and completely dialed in to their songs. Make this album yours, and you'll get many hours of pleasure out of it.
A Swirling Fire Burning Through the Rye is out now via Empty Cellar Records.
Empty Cellar Records