|Jeffertitti’s Nile — The Electric Hour (2014)|
Jeffertitti’s Nile — The Electric Hour
Location: Los Angeles, California
Album release: April 29th, 2014
Record Label: Beyond Beyond is Beyond
01 Blue Spirit Blues 3:24
02 Midnight Siren 4:11
03 No One 3:37
04 Stay On 4:56
05 Upside 2:18
06 Golden Age 2:45
07 Only Human 4:26
08 Never Never 4:31
09 The Day the Sky Fell 9:18
By Kevin Bronson on APRIL 28, 2014
°• Who needs hallucinogens when you’ve got Jeffertitti’s Nile? The band — the cosmic conveyances of singer-guitarist Jeff Ramuno — this week releases its second full-length, “The Electric Hour.” Ramuno, who plays bass for Josh Tillman in Father John Misty, calls his music “transcendental space-punk doo-wop,” which uses a lot of words and hyphens where “psychedelia” would have done nicely, especially for an album that abides the mind-bending, boundary-pushing traditions of psych-rock. “The Electric Hour” was made between three studios: Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros’ room in Ojai; Jazz Cats studio in Long Beach (run by Crystal Antlers’ Jonny Bell); and Seahorse Sound in downtown L.A. Tillman plays drums on the album, and a lot of other luminaries from the L.A. scene contribute as well. Intense without being linear, exploratory without being indulgent, “The Electric Hour” is Ramuno’s finest hour. Fortaken: http://www.buzzbands.la/
°• A few years back, when I got the idea to first start hosting shows, I reached out to a few of my favourite local bands along with a little-known California psych act by the name of Jeffertitti’s Nile who happened to be making their way through town. Having only heard their seven song EP, Hypnotic River of Sound, I had no idea what their live performance would be like or even how they might look. But when they walked through the front gates of the Church of the Electric Dirt dressed halfway between pranksters and members of Hendrix’s band, it was plain to the eye that these individuals were not of this earthly realm.
°• Jeffertitti’s Nile describe themselves as “transcendental space-punk doo wop,” and it’s rather fitting. The songs on their new LP, The Electric Hour, seamlessly venture between moments of thrashing chaos and blissful, dream-like warmth. “Blue Spirit Blues,” the Bessie Smith cover that opens the album, vibrates with that chaos, finding leadman Jeffertitti Moon howling over a bed of raved up noise. At the chorus, however, tempos slow and the vocals stretch out, allowing for just a moment of breathing room before Mr. Moon is howling again and you’re back in his space punk grips. It’s a masterful work of tension and release that permeates throughout the entire album.
°• The best example of this chaotic transcendence is “No One,” an anthemic song that scowls with a staccato guitar line before giving way to what is perhaps the most beautiful moment of the entire album. It’s almost as if the music is tumbling down a jagged mountain that eventually leads into a waterfall, gracefully flowing into a perfectly calm and serene river. But as is the theme of this hour, the river is just a brief plateau before you hit the rocks and start tumbling again.
°• Recorded during breaks between tours with Father John Misty (for whom Jeffertitti plays bass and sings), the album’s creation process also followed a theme of spontaneity. Written while on the road and while in LA living in various rented rooms–taking baths and making smoothies–Jeffertitti cut the album straight to tape with a family of musicians in a number of studios around California. There’s still a certain lo-fi murk to the sound, but a far cry from that heard on the previous EP.
°• But if The Electric Hour finds its best moments in its sonic eclecticism, then its main fault is the lack of cohesiveness between songs. In many ways, it sounds like it was recorded at different times, with different musicians. Every song stands out on its own, but few stand together. Maybe that’s just part of the risk of having a day job. One only hopes that Jeffertitti can find the time to make this his main focus. (http://doggoneblog.com/)
In Music by Joel Freimark, Apr 29, 2014
°• If you’re one of those people who loves to be the one to turn all of your friends on to the amazing new album that they don’t have yet, then there are only two words you need to know this week: Jeffertitti’s Nile. The bands’ sophomore album, The Electric Hour, comes out today and it is, without question, one of the most wonderfully mind-blowing records you’ll hear this year.
°• Opening with a magnificent, heavy reworking of Bessie Smith’s “Blue Spirit Blues,” the record quickly establishes itself as a musical feat the likes of which has not been heard in years, as well as the sort of album which demands your attention and keeps pulling you in deeper and deeper. The band manages to run the musical gamut from heavy, attitude filled rock explosions to slower, gorgeously moving passages; and they do every style with a level of musicianship that will leave you wanting more.
°• This is a band that was clearly locked in with one another in the studio, as each of them are in top form, never allowing a single note to fall in the wrong place. The basslines dig in deep, almost surrounding you, and on tracks like “Only Human,” you simply cannot resist giving into the groove. These progressions perfectly compliment a host of superb guitar riffs, and it’s the range that the band finds within themselves that gives The Electric Hour a sonic diversity guaranteed to leave a smile on your face. Just experience the distance between songs like “Golden Age” and “Stay On,” and you’ll quickly understand why this is such an exceptional musical achievement.
°• The vocals all across this album have just as much variety, and it’s the often-present reverb that really lets you sink into these songs and it’s clear the band understands that how you play notes is just as important as what notes you’re playing. °• It’s also largely this aspect that gives the record its spacey sense of movement, and there’s no question that this is one of the most enjoyable and rewarding aspects to be found.
°• If you’re wondering exactly what genre this album falls into, the only accurate answer is “most.” There are elements of blues, punk, metal, soul, folk and so many others, all blended together with a fantastic psychedelic aim. The band themselves once gave the style their own title with the phrase, “Transcendental Space-Punk Doo Wop,” and in some strange way, it’s perfectly fitting. It’s the way that the band makes each of these ingredients function so perfectly with the others that makes The Electric Hour so special, and it also allows it to have some aspect that will appeal to nearly every type of music fan.
°• In short, if you like great music and exceptional musicianship, then you’re going to quickly fall in love with the new release from Jeffertitti’s Nile. It is a perfect example of a band doing everything right musically, and a reminder of how captivating and exciting a band can be when they have no restrictions and allow songs to become fully realized.
°• In shorter: if you’re going to buy one album this month, it MUST be The Electric Hour! (http://www.deathandtaxesmag.com/)
By Alexandra Freeman on Apr 25, 2014
By Jacqueline Caruso
|Jeffertitti’s Nile — The Electric Hour (2014)|