Snowy Dunes keeps impressing with their Psychedelic/Blues Rock, putting themselves at the top of interesting bands from Sweden!
Snowy Dunes is a rather young Swedish band whose debut came out in 2015 and was already a good Psychedelic/Blues Rock album which showed that these guys have talent and a potential to be great. I also got the chance to see them live at Freak Valley Festival 2016, and live is where they impress, they played tight and the singer got good stage presence and a voice that reminds me of the range Janis Joplin had. So their sophomore album, “Atlantis“, has come upon us and I was curious to hear if they had evolved and refined their sound.
How is the sound ?
The album consists of just 5 songs ranging from 6 to almost 11 minutes.
You got the title track divided into 2 songs “Atlantis Part II” and “Atlantis Part III“, opening and closing the album just like Pink Floyds “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” do for their masterpiece “Wish You Were Here”.
“Atlantis Part II” opens up with a nice pace and while listening to the lyrics also you get the feeling of a majestic and hopeful place, but later it picks up the pace and it gets heavier with some nice guitar solos, it’s like something is destroying Atlantis.
“Atlantis Part III” keeps a steady pace, but you get a lot of riffs and effects in the middle, and it feels like it’s showing you the dark fate of Atlantis and that it’s now history.
The 2nd track “Testify” is my favorite, it has some great riffs and the vocalist Niklas truly shines on this one. It’s full of soul during the calmer parts and during the harder ones when he sings about Testifying this is where it gets really intense. It’s also during this track I came to think of the Janis Joplin influence. Imagine the Queen Of Rock’n’Roll as a guest singer on a track like this one, Janis and Niklas voices could have made for a very cool match!
The 3rd track “The Trident and the Moon” instrumentally reminds me of Graveyard yet having a different feel from the lyrical content, a really cool song.
The 4th track “Ritual of Voices” is another nice song that gives me some Baby Woodrose vibes.
Overall it’s an album full of great Psychedelic Rock with some splashes of Blues here and there, the length of the songs isn’t a problem either so they totally brought it. I’m very much looking forward to what Snowy Dunes will accomplish in the future.
Why is this album worth listening to?
- Because it’s a young band who continues to evolve and impress.
- Their blend of sounds is well crafted into a sound of their own and who doesn’t love a band that have the talent to do just that.
In what situation you should listen to this album ?
- Either you’re out for a stroll in the nature feeling fine or on a train and such in the city and want to drift away from the shitty concrete.
- When you crave a sort of psychedelic rock that isn’t too mellow or too Earthless.
Testify, The Trident and the Moon
For Fans Of
Graveyard, Janis Joplin, The Doors, Blues Pills, MaidaVale, Baby Woodrose
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