Midday Veil: This Wilderness (Beyond Beyond Is Beyond, 2015)

September 7, 2015 at 11:35 pm | Posted in Reviews | Leave a comment

Midday Veil: This Wilderness

Midday Veil: This Wilderness

I reviewed a Midday Veil album for Foxy Digitalis a long time ago, and I remember not being crazy about it. It was kind of meandering psych with power ballad tendencies, if I remember correctly. This is an entirely different beast. It’s a much different, and surprisingly funky type of psych-rock. Bernie Worrell from P-Funk plays clavinet and organ on this! And there’s strings by Eyving Kang and sax by Skerik. There’s plenty of drums and synths and horns. It’s all cosmic and mystic and you feel like you’re being driven somewhere. “I Am the War” is a disco-funk odyssey that seems to have a bit of David Bowie’s “Fame” in its bassline, but it launches off into a heavily orchestrated and vocodered galaxy. Not all of the songs are uptempo and funky, but even the slower ones seem like they’re touching upon something, and have colorful instrumentation (tablas, thumb pianos). Really eye-opening and exquisite.

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