27 May 2023
Band: THE DHARMA VIOLETS
Who: A psych/space/indie rock band hailing from Cardiff, South Wales.
They blending rich vocal harmonies and thoughtful lyricism with swirling
guitars, spacey synth textures, hypnotic drones and soundscapes set to
driving melodic bass hooks over cool drum grooves.
TUTV: THDV embed 60s psychedelia in a blistering mix of flaming garage rock mania (Stellar Door / The Boy Who Sold The Stars / Knocked Me Sideways / Numb Serene), swaggering mid-tempo grooves (Echoes Through Time / These Are The Headlines / Plain Sailing Away / Trip The Receptor with George Harrison‘s ghost on sitar), an impressive, amplified slo-mo jam right in the middle (Lost My Halo) and a stunning opener with horns snippets of Primal Scream‘s e-tastic classic Loaded.
Overall I hear Beatles-like harmonies, multi-layered guitar extravaganza à la Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, steady drums/bass horsepower, sizzling six-string solos, psyched-out space steamrollers, 24 Karat riff-rushing rockers, some slow ones, and echoing vocals
from the eight miles high past. Final result: a hell of a must-hear record that I added to
my best-albums-of-2023 list. The Dharma Violets should be huge. FACT! Don’t miss them.
Singles/clips: The Boy Who Sold The Stars / Lost My Halo
– THE BOY WHO SOLD THE STARS –
– LOST MY HALO –
the full album here.