Another gem from the flourishing Greek scene.
Hieronymus Dream is a talented new band from Greece who just released their debut EP called Clairvoyance.
With its mixture of krautrock, psychedelic rock, and a few post-rock influences, these 4 instrumental songs will bring you on a great journey across the valleys and seas of your inner cosmic mind.
So, time to relax and may your inner self find its own astral realm.
How is the sound?
After only a few seconds Heliacal Rising goes straight to the point and you get a high tempo where the band takes you on a perfect ride while the rhythm guitar keeps us flying and the “soloing” mostly goes in and out with some lush post-rock tremolo picking.
And if the drums are the heart of the body, the bass guitar is the pulse you can feel in your chest and wrists.
The bass is indeed one of the highlights on this record for me and they recall the grand bass sound of early Hawkwind records and the classic ones by goth rockers Fields of the Nephilim.
Next up is the midtempo Cleomedes Heavens and it’s a shorter one just under 5 minutes and here the post-rock sound is more present and with an atmosphere of mystery and beauty.
It leads right into Hesperus which starts with a really nice goth rock vibe with its pulsating bass rhythm and I don’t think this one would be that out of place on a Fields of the Nephilim record.
The guitars have a slight oriental sound to the melodies which make the title a fitting choice as well.
A quick search and I learned that Hesperus is the evening star in Greek mythology.
Maybe I’m just reading into it and making my own connection but sometimes finding your own interpretation is the beauty of music. 🙂
Last out is The Antikythera Mechanism and the name comes from an antique analog “thing” found in a sunken ship in 1901 and it had a mechanical clockwork for calculating astronomical positions which is dated to about 100 BC.
Who knew this EP would turn into an education about Greek history and mythology.
Anyway, this track picks up the pace a little bit so it’s more reminiscent of Heliacal Rising.
It’s the most krautrock’ish track and halfway through the electronic sounds really get to shine.
Earlier the tracks had only nice spacy sounds but here they get to make more of an impact on the soundscape and I think it’s something Hieronymus Dream definitely should explore more for a future full-length since it adds diversity.
Why is this album worth listening to?
- It’s a great debut EP from a promising young band, I will definitely keep an eye out for future releases.
- The mix is perfect, every instrument getting its fair share to stand out and elevate the whole sound.
In what situation you should listen to this album?
- When you just wanna sit down somewhere and relax for a while.
- Or when you’re out for a hike along mountains and oceans.
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