Electric Flower to Release "EP II" on March 27
Wed, 08 Feb 2012 10:59:37
Electric Flower, the visceral realist duo consisting of guitarist/singer Imaad Wasif and drummer Josh Garza, will release their sophomore EP, entitled EP II, on March 27 via Narnack Records. The offering showcases the band expanding their sound beyond the rawness of their first EP to explore the dimensions of depth and width. Can't wait to check this one out. We <3 these guys.
In Electric Flower, rock is not dead but realized. The chemistry between Wasif and Garza is undeniable. These are two true modern rockers that can and will break sound barriers. They create the kind of loudness that makes you glad, with songs that have an immediate and tangible impact on the contemporary pop musical landscape. Artifice is devalued; pure emotion is king.
"Eclipsed" is a standout single, part loose metaphor, part nod to Bob Dylan's "Don't Think Twice" and Big Star's "September Gurls," yet carving a space of its own. "Cocoon" is a markedly weirder track; the repetition of the mantra-like lyric "To see your love come shining" gives way by sudden schism into an unexpected extraterrestrial soundscape, veering between CAN-esque Mesmer beats and a guitar angularity akin to This Heat, all the while carrying the current of a song unlike either.
EP II is proof that music today can be cinematic and conceptual without the complications of over-instrumentation as demonstrated within the modern overarching epic. Conversely, it moves against the wake of new-fangled blues stomp rock and the limits of its obligatory two-piece bands. Side two of the EP is dedicated to a cover of Scott Walker's dark symphonic ode to S&M, "The Electrician," done to such effect that it cuts to the core of the original, its primitive brightness reaching far out into other corners.
If the world ever catches up to them, we can then be sure that times really have changed, that the end is nigh, that "the circle" is unbroken. Electric Flower are on a journey through a modern kaleidoscope of rock 'n' roll, transcending mainstream influence and incorporating strong minimalist elements into their modern psychedelic music. In Garza's pummeling beats and Wasif's vocal and guitar exorcisms, we are not listening to just two men, but to an orchestra of the damned. Electric Flower wake the ghosts of rock's most daring days, while never following them.
That was a mouthful.
3. The Electrician
Are you going to get buzzed by the Electric Flower?