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Review: The Bright Light Social Hour, “Space is Still the Place”

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Review: The Bright Light Social Hour, “Space is Still the Place”

“The Bright Light Social Hour have created their own microcosm of music that seamlessly blends psychedelic, blues, house, and prog rock in a way that’s interesting, forward-thinking and full of life.”

Artist: The Bright Light Social Hour

Album: Space is Still the Place

Genre: Future South

RIYL:  The Black Keys, My Morning Jacket, Tame Impala

The Bright Light Social Hour - Space is Still the Place

You’re probably wondering what “Future South” means. For Austin, Texas band The Bright Light Social Hour it serves as a motif for both the aesthetic and messaging for their music. And this particular phrase feels fitting as the trippy, future-sounding southern rock stomp of “Sweet Madelene” begins to swirl and unfurl from the speakers. Space is Still the Place is an intoxicating blend of psychedelic blues rock with a progressive (and sometimes danceable) edge.

This is one of those records that’s difficult to describe because it slips and slides through genres like a chameleon. It’s one part psychedelic, one part riff-driven blues with a dash of of space rock. It’s spicy, ambitious and a whole lotta fun to listen to. When the big riffs in “Ghost Dance” take flight, the sound is absolutely huge; it’s raw but intentional. You can’t help but sing along to the guitar lines and wish you were outside dancing amongst a crowd of festival-goers under the night sky. In contrast, “Sea of the Edge” follows with a more mellow vibe, again tapping into a spacey, slightly meandering-but-you-don’t-mind-it musical journey.

“Aperture” is a standout; the dissonance and syncopated percussion overlaid with dreamy guitars and vocals is near-perfect. There’s just an openness and expanse to this tune that’s highly appealing on multiple levels. In many ways “Infinite Cities” feels like the companion piece to the aforementioned song; it’s a bit tighter on delivery, driven by a hi-hat groove that works so well as the anchor to some pretty magical guitar and vocal work. The bridge takes an unexpected turn and lifts this track up even higher.

The Bright Light Social Hour have created their own microcosm of music that seamlessly blends psychedelic, blues, house, and prog rock in a way that’s interesting, forward-thinking and full of life. Space is Still the Place is a nod to all of their musical influences and a progressive look at the Southern way of life for a new generation. This blending of styles feels hopeful, enlightened and ambitious; the tracks on this album all represent this beautiful blend of the political and the creative aesthetic.

The Bright Light Social Hour website: http://tblsh.com/

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