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Album Review

Take a trip with Rob Hughes as he seeks out the latest mind-expanding music from Goldray, Ida Wenoe, Ecstastic Vision, Forming The Void, Sundowners and Flamingods

It’s been three years since the release of Goldray’s self-titled mini-album, but they’ve finally pulled out the stopper on their full-length debut. Led by ex-Reef guitarist Kenwyn House, the trio more than fulfil their promise on Rising (Akashic Records), which offers a perfumed snort of late-60s psych and astral prog. It’s a sensory overload of smart riffs and Leah Rasmussen’s cool, dream-weaving vocals, with keyboards, violins and the odd hurdy gurdy adding to the aroma. Outloud, one of three tracks salvaged from their previous release, is a glistening beauty, as is the racing Soulchild. Diamond Road and Calling Your Name, meanwhile, are very much in keeping with the ruminative spirituality of the album’s overarching theme.

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