RIYL: Rundgren, Lynne (ELO), Caravan, Camel, Yes, Steely Dan, Queen, Beach Boys, King Crimson,
Label: Castle Face Records
If you’ve had the pleasure of getting to know last year’s S/T debut- album by Oakland’s very own OnceĀ & Future Band,Ā the odds tell me thatĀ it’sĀ among your top 5 albums of 2017!Ā Since Castle Face Records launched the critically acclaimed LPĀ they’ve had one exciting year indeedĀ and hadĀ a good deal of well deserved attention. If you haven’t picked it up yet, oh man. Just do it. Do it! It’s just that good, it really is..
Castle Face has now gone and reissued their EP from 2014, and there’s a sweet limited Tri-Colored edition available for us to snag.
This is definitely one of my favourite bands these days. The 3-piece Oakland CA-based Once & Future Band has quite the variety of inspirations, and itās nearly impossible to stick them to a certain genre. Thereās certainly a 70ās psych/prog/fusion-vibe when these guys fire up their engine, but thereās so much more intertwined in here. Yes, Crimson, Rundgren, Baccarach, Zappa, Steely Danā¦thereās hints of a lot of greatness baked into this EP. The trio of Joel Robinow (keyboards/guitar/vocals), Raj Ojha (drums) and Eli Eckert (bass/guitar/vocals) have been partners in crime for many years, and shared duties inĀ Drunk Horse, Howlinā Rain, East Bay Grease among many others. Theyāre also functioning as the backing band for the extremely musically gifted Danny James who also came up with the bands name.
Thereās an instant certain familiar feeling surrounding these 4 tunes (clocking in at aprx 24 minutes), which gives any musically experienced listener a warm feel of reminiscense, but they definitely manage to take total control of their compositions. The arrangements on āBrainā are quiteĀ exquisite throughout, and thereās enough complex, tasty artistery in here to ensure that youāll find new hooks and details with every listen.Ā The outcome on this EP is a really grand effort, deeply personal and heartfelt. This is one that will stick with you and grow with each and every listen.Ā Highly recommended!
2017ās āOnce & Future Bandā landed upon our brains like the birth of a starchild - fully formed, otherworldly, yet comfortingly familiar in its contoursā¦Floyd, ELO, Queen, Steely Dan, and Beach Boys rearranged into an unapologetically poignant pop moment, underpinned by 4 guys that could play their way out of a Faustian bargain. While we await whatever warlockās potion they are brewing up next, theyāve pulled a maxi-EP Brain from the vaults for a moment in the sun. All of the mastery youāve come to expect is at play here; enough chops to make a vegetarianās mouth sweat, songs that tug at the heart while they play tricks on your mind, and with the steady hand of a of studio wizard sprinkling stardust around the edges just so. Itās out on Castle Face Records March 9th.
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