Earthling Society – Stations of the Ghost

There are not so many bands I am aware of that deliver that strong and convincing combination of space and psychedelic rock with a big impact of progressive rock. The UK’s Earthling Society, led by ambitious guitarist and vocalist Fred Laird, provides a great deal of intergalactic travel between the mentioned subgenres. The latest great achivement of these missionaries comes in the shape of Stations of the Ghost, an album which is reaving by its depth, sensitivity and wonderful spacey passages twisted through non-exaggerated psychedelic touches.

The music certainly indulges the impression of epicness in many various segments. Coming from the different sides of the apprehension of terms „progressive, space, psychedelic“, one could conclude that Earthling Society is an unique act in the business. As a matter of fact, their space rock is not like we are used to hear from the likes such Hawkwind or Oresund Space Collective, their progressive rock does not rely THAT much on Pink Floyd or ELP and their psychedelia is truly not reminiscent of Hendrix & Co.

Fred’s laid-back vocals come as a finesse to a greatly constructed wall of melodies, arrangements, effects, solos, passages and whatever else this album is consisted of. Atmospherics and ambientals play an important role on SOTG, there are moments when these particular elements become that dark and doomy what clarifies previously formed statemenet about the album’s eclecticism. Whether it’s dark, doomy, atmospheric or suprisingly fuzzy, Stations of the Ghost is like a machine which dissipation is absolutely invisible.

The backbone of the album is comprised of two slabs clocking over 10 minutes, Child of the Harvest and Night of the Scarecrow, although the other tacks are nothing less important for the conclusive opinion. Perhaps it has become a cliche saying how the longest tracks on an album are what a band is all about, but with these two numbers Earthling Society indeed proves this clicheic statement. After all, who cares is something a cliche or not if the point of our interest is that good.

Stations of the Ghost deserves a chance and once it’s given, the album will without any doubt use this opportunity to enchant you with its quality. Get this awesome piece of work, I guarantee you’ll not regret.

Tracklist:

01. Stations of the Ghost
02. Dark Horizons
03. The Last Hurrah
04. Child of the Harvest
05. The Halloween Tree
06. Night of the Scarecrow
07. Lola Daydream

Line-up:

* Fred Laird – Guitar and Vocals
* Jon Blacow – Drums and Percussion
* Joe Orban – Keyboards
* Luis Gutarra – Bass
* John Morgan – Guitar

Links:

http://www.earthlingsociety.co.uk
http://www.myspace.com/earthlingsociety

Nikola Savić is a prog enthusiast, blogger and author, in addition to being the founder of Prog Sphere, Progify, ProgLyrics and the ongoing Progstravaganza compilation series.

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