Goldray — Rising (May 5, 2017) •¬• The best Blues you can get this month. Calling Your Name maybe best.Location: London, England, UK
Album release: May 5, 2017
Record Label: Akashic Records
Genre: Psych/Garage Rock
1 Outloud 6:10
2 Rising 4:53
3 Diamond Road 7:20
4 Eyes 5:55
5 Soulchild 5:19
6 Calling Your Name 5:35
7 Gypsy 5:12
8 The Oranges Song 5:47
℗ 2017 Akashic Records
• Leah Rasmussen, Vocals
• Kenwyn House, Guitars
• Chris Hardwick, drums + Geoff Laurens, bassReview
By Henry Yates | 26 Apr 2017 | Score: ****½
•¬• As guitarist for Britrock sloggers Reef, Kenwyn House seemed bound for a future of thinning crowds and heckles of “It’s your letters!” It was a bold change to the script when he quit the line~up in 2014 to pursue this psych~blues rock side~project with vocalist Leah Rasmussen — and now Goldray make their full debut with one of the most compelling releases of the early year.
•¬• Outloud sets the tone, Rasmussen hitting all the octaves with a swooped vocal that evokes a ballsier Kate Bush, while House flexes his muscles, unleashing massive looped riffs and revving up Eyes and Soul Child with wild solos that remind you of his underrated skills.
•¬• The guitarist freely admits that hallucinogens fuelled the writing sessions, and no doubt that helped lift this material from generic heavy~blues to something altogether trippier and more interesting. Woozy organ, burbling phaser and tape effects swim through the mix, and on the brown~acid mind~expander Calling Your Name, Goldray announce themselves as a band with big ideas. — teamrock.com / •¬• http://teamrock.com/
Ian D. Hall. Liverpool Sound and Vision. Rating: * * * *
•¬♠ If you are not ready at any moment to take on the psychedelic then the stiff upper lip of the continued Victorian hangover is arguably always going to be one that dominates your life; the misuse of such genres, whether it is the realms of Jazz, the volume of energy in Punk in all its glory or the spectacle, the sheer wonder, of the Progressive, to not appreciate the art that goes into them is to possibly surrender any form of anti establishment, any anarchy, any freedom to rebel outside centuries old conviction. It is a surrender that just does not fit in a modern sense with any feeling of self identity.
•¬♠ The Psychedelic feel is one that weaves its way through Goldray’s Rising, and yet despite the rich tapestry it has inherited, never takes its eye of the main thought behind the songs, that of just telling a story; in this way the art of the Progressive is very real, one that has the charm of being against the grain of supposed cool and pop idolatry but has all the fascination of being different, of never once hiding in the shadows of conformity and for that Goldray succeed perfectly in their approach to making the music attractive.
•¬♠ Goldray’s Leah Rasmussen, Kenwyn House and Geoff Laurens take the motivation behind Rising and pump it to the collected songs content, the smile, whilst it might be imagined on the face of the physical but inanimate object, nevertheless tells the story of a wonderful grin, the unquestionable pleasure that seeps out in the way that the fragrance from a field of flowers will hit you if you take in the right breath, take in the right attitude to the presence before you.
•¬♠ In tracks such as Outland, Diamond Road, Calling Your Name and the creative splendour of Gypsy, Goldray add something a bit more diverse to the majesty of the Psychedelic, they install a wave of contentment that is often, and regrettably, missing. It is a feeling of wonder without going overboard, without taking the journey so far that it cannot be revisited or become lost along the way.
•¬♠ Goldray are a sense waiting to be discovered and one that many will find alluring.