Dear Chester, I only realised a few days ago that it’s nearly been a year …
Psychedelic rock from the late 60’s up to the present day has made a major cultural imprint in popular music and remains one of modern music’s most recognisable idioms. Syd Barret and The Grateful Dead’s legacy continues to inspire contemporary bands that seek to explore enlightening themes and sounds. Sydney outfit The Ruminaters left behind their indie and garage trademarks and are whole heartedly embracing futuristic psychedelic music in their 2nd album titled Welcome to Flight S.U.N 91.
The band has employed time travelling as their conceptual narrative and the sun is their time machine taking passengers back to the year 1991. Each song follows a different traveller’s journey to the designated year and the band’s homage to the 90’s is also partly to do with the music of an era they grew up listening to.
The Ruminaters have produced an album that is unashamedly a nod to a time when flower power and hippies were the popular zeitgeist
The first few songs really do capture the fuzzy guitar tones and electronic keyboard sound textures that are most notable in psychedelic/indie rock bands. There is a fare few songs on Welcome to Flight S.U.N 91 that could fit easily into any late Beatles record particularly a song like Jesus Was a Rock ‘N’ Roller, which on first listen reminds me straight away of Across the Universe and Psychopath For You sounds like a punk version of Tomorrow Never Knows.
The Ruminaters have produced an album that is unashamedly a nod to a time when flower power and hippies were the popular zeitgeist which is slightly odd considering that the members of the band were not even alive during the 60’s. The year of 91 when indie rock and grunge were kings makes the sonic and conceptual direction seem out of place with the period but it’s still well worth a listen.
STANDOUT TRACKS: Psychopath For You, Art Song, Jesus Was a Rock ‘N’ Roller
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