Transcendental Space-Punk Doo Wop! Â The discription alone is more than enough to tune me in on the frequencies provided by LA’s cosmic psych-outfit Jeffertitti’s Nile. Their debut album “The Hypnotic River of Sound” from 2010 was a neat treat, and the upcoming sophomore album “The Electric Hour” proves that this band is a force to be reckoned with.
The album starts off with a sincere, raw and powerful version of “Blue Spirit Blues“, a track dating all the way back to 1929..Â This is originally a song recorded by the late Bessie Smith (nicknamed The Empress of the Blues), who was the most popular female blues singer of the 1920s and 1930. This also happens to be one of the four tracks on this album featuring Joshua Tillman playing the drums. Jeffertitti’s frontman Jeffertitti Moon plays the bass and adds additional vocals in Tillman’s Father John Misty, which also happens to be his moniker. Last year’s “Fear Fun” is still spinning steady here.. “The Electric Hour” has in fact been recorded in between touring with Father John Misty. Next up is “Midnight Siren“, which has previously been released as a split 7” single withÂ Dahga Bloom. Check that one also underneath, mindbending brilliant! The track “Upside” has also been released as a 7″, so that concludes the three tracks I have the pleasure of presenting to you underneath.
You’ll notice that the production value has been turned up a notch since their debut. It sounds really powerful and crisp, and it’s full of spaced effects and samples that adds to its mysterious, constantly challenging paths, yet never to take the focus away from it’s quality songwriting and clever arrangements. The album as a whole feels like a spiritual journey, where each song fits in like the pieces of a grand puzzle. Never to be solved, but to let you enjoy the ride over and over..
Beyond Beyond is Beyond RecordsÂ is releasing this album on April 29, and it’s available to pre-order now on a choice of White and Grimace Purple Splatter or standard Black Vinyl. The last time we heard from this label, was the smoking debut-album from New Electric Ride, which I posted a few weeks back. This is a label I’m definitely following close on future releases!
**THIS IS A PRE-ORDER. RELEASE DATE: April 29, 2014**
Is Jeffertittiâ€™s Nile truly a band â€“ or are they a state mind? This new album, The Electric Hour, (the bandâ€™s second full-length) confirms that if this is a band, that band is driven by the state of mind of Jeffertitti himself, the heart and hammer behind the sound of and spirit of The Electric Hour.
The Electric Hour is clearly powered by as much diversity as can be found in all of California, the titular home of Jeffertitti. Still, the concept of a home doesnâ€™t capture the albumâ€™s sense of exploration, a sense of movement perhaps owing to the fact that The Electric Hour in a decidedly non-linear fashion.
Recorded in the breaks between tours with Father John Misty (a friend for whom Jeffertitti plays bass and sings), the album took shape in a variety of studios, with an extended family of musicians, including Josh Tillman (Father John Misty/Fleet Foxes) himself, who plays drums on the bulk of the album. Recorded largely on analog tape, most of The Electric Hour was recorded in Ojai, California, at the studio of Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, while other parts were recorded at Jazz Cats in Long Beach, the studio run by Jonny Bell from The Crystal Antlersâ€™ (who shows up playing saxophone on one song). Still more was recorded in downtown Los Angeles, at Seahorse Sound.
As an album, The Electric Hour embodies a sense of travel in the ten-thousand directions. Its mesmerizing sound indicative not only of Jeffertittiâ€™s commitment to life-as-tour (which sometimes includes life-living-in-a-van, a van called â€śShevanigansâ€ť) but of their ability to sound â€“ and be â€“ completely at home no matter their coordinates, sonically or universally-speaking.
From the opening charge of â€śBlue Spirit Bluesâ€ť to the nearly ten minute â€“ and not a second wasted â€“ â€śThe Day the Sky Fell,â€ť The Electric Hour is a complete circuit, not blurring the lines between artist and listener, between giver and receiver, as much as it declares the lines to have never existed in the first place.
â€śTranscendental Space-Punk Doo Wopâ€ť was once declared to be the name of this boundless sound, by the authority of Jeffertitti himself. And thatâ€™s the truth â€“ or more accurately, the truth is that Jeffertittiâ€™s Nile sound exactly like Jeffertititti, his friendships, his path and his vision. It couldnâ€™t sound any other way.
Rather than being consumed by the long path to The Electric Hour â€“ by the energy, the charge of positive and negative â€“ Jeffertittiâ€™s Nile is nourished by it. And so are you. -- Ryan Muldoon
1. Blue Spirit Blues
2. Midnight Siren
3. No One
4. Stay On
6. Golden Age
7. Only Human
8. Never Never
9. The Day the Sky Fell
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