A local band from North Carolina have released a new album titled “Circadian Vertigo”. The band goes by the name of “Solar Void”; currently a two manned project hailing from Winston Salem, NC. To listen to the album for free, you can go here. The drummer is a personal friend of mine, and I know he and his cousin (the lead singer and guitarist) would appreciate knowing that this is being heard. It is for both this new album, and the hard work I’ve seen this band put into both the music, and the performances that I happily welcome Solar Void as the first rock band to be a featured artist on our sister website, getheard. Here’s my very unprofessional review of the new album:
1. Akkadian Blues- Sets the mood for the album, provides exactly what is needed for an opening/intro track. I enjoyed the tribal drums very much, as well as the use of a didjeridu.
2. Lilith- Great use of bluesy guitars, as well as a nice echo effect on the vocals. Pretty mellow track, with Erik’s bullish vocals on top. Another great continuance to the intro track, with very well placed solos and drop outs.
3. Lay With Me- One of the most rockin’ tracks on the album, and in my opinion one of the high points. With a very heavy, yet faster paced guitar rhythm than the previous track, it opens up a very groovy feel while keeping it mellowed out like the psychedelic rockers of the 70’s. Also, a very nicely done guitar solo, and great use of double tracking on the vocals.
4. Lady In Green- Opens with a very peaceful guitar lick, and then proceeds to sound like the songs our parents and grandparents slow danced to in the 60’s and 70’s. The pre-chorus then lifts you up with Erik’s raspy vocals, but then fall back into a mellow, relaxed feel, and the music rolls on to the title lyrics: “LADY IN GREEN!!!” with Erik shouting, and then once again falling back into a mellow feel. Very nice contradiction to the previous track. Towards the last minute of the song, Dustin begins pounding the drums, building up, while Erik continues with guitar and singing softly “Lady in green”, and eventually it fades out to the sound of ocean waves.
5. The Sun Was In My Eyes- Another “harder” hitting song, while still keeping it calm. (I love this band’s ability to do that.) Very reminiscent of the grungy feel of the 90’s, with Erik’s vocals and guitar driven, yet calmed anger, with it all staying relaxed like the vocals say: “I’m feelin’ pretty fine, yeah…”
6. IV Dreams- Opens up with a very different style of a heavily tuned guitar, and almost sounds like something the artists at Woodstock were too afraid to attempt. Very haunting vocals, and a steady kept pace, with a chorus flowing into a very cryptic message, and then opening back up to a mellow, happy, and calming guitar lick; that falls right back into the heavy, angry, and hypnotic riff that the track opens with. Ends with the haunting screams of “DO IT TO ME, I CAN’T BREAK FREE!”
7. Wasting Away- Another perfectly done contradiction to the previous track, with a happily kept pace and peaceful guitar lick. I think this song may have been done as a filler, but it doesn’t really sound like one (none of the others do either) especially if you’re like me and enjoy albums as a whole rather than just one song by one artist. About halfway through the guitar really comes in with a very nice solo on top of the chorus vocals. The song then fades out to the sound of birds chirping, and slowly comes back in, to the sound of a reverbed up guitar, and calming hums.
8. You’ll Always Break My Heart- Another one of the harder hitting, faster paced tracks. Very nicely built up by the previous ones, giving an angered explanation through the vocals. Very odd use of double tracking for the vocals, most professional musicians would instantly think it’s done “wrong”, but it’s the “wrongness” of it that makes it sound so right, leading straight into an angrily bluesy guitar solo, with the drums just pounding away. Another one of the high points of the album (as a rock album) in my opinion.
9. Jupiter P.M.- Opens up with a very indian-esque riff, it may kind of remind you of Oasis’ “Hindu Times”, or some of the later work of George Harrison. The mumbling of the chorus leaves an open interpretation of the guitar driven song. Another high point of the album for me.
10. What A Shame- Very calm, mellow intro, with double tracked vocals that share an uncanny resemblance to Kurt Cobain and Dave Grohl’s work during Nirvana’s “Nevermind”.
11. Goodnight o’Clock- The ending/outro to the album, has a comical feel with the vocals sounding like Ernie from Sesame Street taking a dump. Very short song, and a very happy and fun note to end on.
As a whole, I’d give the album an 8.5/10, and would describe it as “an acid trip back through time gone right.” Hope you enjoyed the album, as well as my craptastic review. Thanks for listening and reading, hope you have a wonderful day!