Exposé Online banner

Earcandy — Sound Is Just the Way You Ear It
(Poor Person PPPR 5, 1995, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 1997-02-01

Sound Is Just the Way You Ear It Cover art

Quite a grab bag of psychedelia, this. We covered Earcandy's first two releases (Space Is Just a Place and Time Is Just a State of Mind), both released on LP only, back in #7. This is their third, and is a solid step onward from their second. The lineup involves a cast of characters revolving around guitarist / bassist Tone, keyboardist Nick Trussler, and lyricists / vocalists Dave and Mandie Tor. Many of the same bases are touched again — the stoned psychedelic guitar jams, the song oriented neo-psych, swirling pieces with tons of effects and bizarre treated voices, and even the Cheech and Chong style introduction. What's new this time is the folk / baroque angle, using guitars, violin, recorder, and flute on "Hanging out at the Globe." Also in evidence is a more animated electronic side, which surfaces on the ten minute "Transposed Transitions Continued," an intense jam for guitars, violin, and effects, surely reminding of some of the early players of the German space-rock scene, like Amon Düül II or Ashra. Interestingly enough, most of their material features no drums or strong percussive presence, recalling bands like Ghost. "Transluscent Sea of Love" is more or less a piece for spacy poetry over a background of fuzzy guitar leads and droning effects. Earcandy's style is intentionally unpolished, yet superbly effective for what it intends to achieve.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 11, 1995 releases

Related artist(s): Earcandy

Latest news

2018-10-17
Eurock Documentary Seeks Funding – We've been fans and fellow travelers with Archie Patterson and his Eurock project on the journey to discover great music. After many years of promoting and trying to spread the word,a new phase is beginning: a documentary film. Things like this don't just happen, and money does not magically appear to make it happen, so it's up to the fans to get it done. » Read more

2018-09-29
Marty Balin RIP – One of the architects of the 60s psychedelic sound of San Francisco has died at the age of 76. Marty Balin was a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who was one of the founders of Jefferson Airplane. After the split of the original Airplane, Balin went on to form the highly successful Jefferson Starship. » Read more

2018-09-25
Help the Psychic Equalizer Avoid Extinction – Last year we reviewed the debut album by Psychic Equalizer, a musical project of Hugo Selles. He's now working on the ambitious follow-up to that release, and is seeking funding from listeners around the world. » Read more

2018-09-05
Krautrock Documentary Seeks Funding – The next installment of the Progressive Warriors documentary series will focus on the vast body of music that falls under the banner of "krautrock." As most of our readers will know, previous films have tackled RIO and the Canterbury scene, as well as what we might call "mainstream" prog rock. » Read more

2018-07-31
Tomasz Stańko RIP – Tomasz Stańko, one of the greats of Eastern European jazz, has died at the age of 76. Stańko's career started in Krzysztof Komeda's quintet, where he contributed trumpet from 1963-1967, when he formed his own group. He worked extensively with Edward Vesala, Don Cherry, Zbigniew Seifert, Chico Freeman, Howard Johnson, Cecil Taylor, and many others. Many of his recordings have been released by ECM, an association that began in the mid-70s. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Red Jasper - The Winter's Tale – Hard on the heels of their fourth album A Midsummer Night's Dream, this latest offering from England's Red Jasper appears to be, conceptually at least, a companion piece to that album. The basic style...  (1994) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues