Jul 11, 2013 Web Exclusive
Psychedelic Irish duo Solar Bears' second LP, Supermigration, more or less continues their foray into trippy sci fi-inspired soundscapes, but a bit more carefully. It's more complete than the band's previous effort, She Was Coloured In, with more prog rock influence fusing with their electronic-meets-acoustic sound. The songs are tighter, but still flesh out a spectrum of scenes that are capable of carrying the imagination to some interstellar retreat. Mood music from another galaxy, but still defined by plainly human terms.
There are definitely some great moments. "Cosmic Runner" builds on a familiar Genesis-esque tapping guitar riff, but slowed to a throbbing hum that carries what quickly turns into a mid-tempo groove. Supermigration pulls its punches here and there, but the closer, "Rainbow Collision," lives up to its hippie-friendly title with an epic swell. There are two vocal tracks on Supermigration that are almost reminiscent of Stereolab or Air (Beth Hirsch, who sang on Air's Moon Safari, sings guest vocals on one track), but unfortunately they don't stand out on what is otherwise a solid record. (www.planet.mu/artists/solarbears)
Author rating: 7/10
Average reader rating: 10/10
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