Sunday, May 26, 2024

Review: Electric Eye – From the Poisonous Tree

Electric Eye are a Norwegian band and From The Poisonous Tree is their third album. Formed in 2012 by Øystein Braut, Njål Clementsen, Anders Bjelland and Øyvind Hegg-Lunde they are influenced by blues, rock with some nice Eastern undertones.

Their website doesn’t reveal much other than they are touring in their homeland; this and previous releases are available via their site or Bandcamp.

All in all, they make a pleasant enough sound on this new album. If you need parallels, the closest is a mixture of the wonderful Admiral Sir Cloudsley Shovel and Radio Moscow.

Heavy, fuzzed guitar backed by solid bass and drums provide the basic riffs that are overlaid by some keys and the occasional sitar and marimba. They do classify themselves as psychedelic rock, which I guess is fair enough, although they do stray a little toward an ‘indie’ feel especially on the least immediate track Diamond Sutra’ which is too loose and has a drum machine feel to it.

The rest of the album has well-crafted songs – particularly the melodic instrumental ‘Rock pa Norska’ which has excellent and varied guitar themes throughout– illustrating their undoubted skills. The others are layered with almost spoken, multi-tracked vocals (in English).

In summary a varied and in parts, an enjoyable album – not one I would seek out but if it came up on the iPod shuffle, it wouldn’t be skipped!

Tom Dixon
Tom Dixon
North East born, South West domiciled music lover - mainly heavy rock & blues but not averse to other genres. I'm fortunate to have retired early & I can now take full advantage of the 40+ years I have spent collecting, listening, watching & playing (badly) & have enjoyed researching how blues in particular has shaped the music we know & love today. Now if only I could get my Strat & Musicman to sound in reality how they do in my head!

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