It’s always fun to pick up free music, but even better when that free album turns out to be damn good. I picked up Ancient River’s Let It Live from a “FREE CD’S!” bin in a record store tent at the Austin Psych Fest. I’m glad I did. Let It Live is a strong record of neo-psychedelia, shoegaze, Wall of Sound, and flat-out rock.
“What Goes Round,” the album’s opener, is a great amuse bouche of solid rock that prepares you for a great time. “As the World Burns” is, I’m guessing, an amazing live track when you consider how good it is on CD. “Let’s Breed” is either a creepy stalker song or the best song for hardcore sex I’ve heard in a long time.
Want pure psychedelic rock? Don’t worry; “All My Friends” will make you think these Floridians built a recorder that can access tiny wormholes in space and time that reach the Haight-Ashbury intersection circa 1968.
I love bands that sprinkle instrumentals among their tracks with vocals, and Ancient River offer three on this record. “Dear Doctor” is a nice instrumental of trippy guitars, “Hybrid” is fantastic instrumental shoegaze, and “Where Nothing Begins” is rock as hard as marble.
The album’s closer, “Let’s Dream,” is a perfect amalgam of Ancient River’s psych-shoegaze-wall of sound-swamp rock sound. It combines all four like earth, wind, fire, and water to make an alchemical brew that you’d expect to hear while attempting to land your space rover on a black monolith orbiting Io.
Be sure to float down this Ancient River (www.ancientrivermusic.com). You’ll enjoy the trip.
~ Nik Havert
Nik Havert is a writer, DJ, harmonica player, martial arts instructor, comic book publisher, crime fighter,music lover, cult movie enthusiast, and modern day Renaissance man. He hopes to shark cage dive sometime in the next few years and enjoys travel and good natural root beer. Visit his web site at http://www.picklepress.net.
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