Shadowgraphs – Venomous Blossoms (2017)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/44,1 kHz | Time – 36:13 minutes | 424 MB | Genre: Rock
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © Golden Brown
Venomous Blossoms is the debut full-length album from Charlotte, North Carolina’s Shadowgraphs, following two well-received EPs. The band’s psychedelic ’70s-inspired rock, funk and soul reflects the different sounds on some of the members’ favourite songs growing up; Venomous Blossoms was a conscious effort to be just as diverse from track to track.
Led by Bryan Olson and Charles Glade, Charlotte, NC’s Shadowgraphs make baroque psych, taking late ’60s acts like Pink Floyd (the Syd years), The Zombies and 13th Floor Elevators as a starting point and putting their own spin on things. After a couple EPs, Shadowgraphs will release their debut album, Venomous Blossoms, this week and it’s a real treat. Olson and Glade are very talented musicians, songwriters and arrangers, and it really shows here, with the record being evocative of the ’60s without specifically cribbing from any particular artist. Groovy bass lines abound, as do vibraphones, eight-mile-high harmonies, and nods to tropicalia and krautrock. (If you like Stereolab and Dungen, it’s not miles away.) At its core, though, Venomous Blossoms is a killer pop album, never losing sight of the hook.
01 – Countryside
02 – Interstellar
03 – Space Medusa
04 – Eastern Holiday
05 – Hit of the Truth
06 – Scarlet Tunic
07 – Venomous Blossoms
08 – Cloud Reflections
09 – I Almost Died
10 – Bossa Supernova