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Colour Haze — She Said
(Elektrohasch 007, 2012, 2CD)

by Jon Davis, Published 2013-09-09

She Said Cover art

"Stoner rock" is one of those labels that means pretty much nothing to me. It's not as bad as "indie rock," but it doesn't really describe the music in any meaningful way. I guess it's basically heavy rock that's not comfortable in the metal genre, but beyond that, I have no idea. Colour Haze here gives us two disks worth of music that has elements of psychedelic, progressive, and other more or less 70s styles. Do you remember back when Black Sabbath would interrupt a heavy riff with a strange trippy diversion in a different tempo, run with that for a while, then come back to the heavy riff? Colour Haze does that kind of thing well, but it's not the only trick in their bag. The overdriven electric guitar is supplemented by acoustic guitar and even guest keyboards and strings, and the harmony vocals are quite well done. I'm reminded at times of Motorpsycho in their middle period. Don't be scared off by the length — it's only a little longer than a full single CD, and it's varied enough to keep the interest up. Sure, they're not in a hurry to get anywhere (four tracks come in over ten minutes), but they're not content to just ride a riff for ages noodling away. They have a keen sense of dynamics, and the longer tracks have distinct sections. Good stuff for those whose attention spans haven't atrophied in our world of constant change.


Filed under: New releases, 2012 releases

Related artist(s): Colour Haze

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