Exposé Online banner

Holy River Family Band — Haida Deities
(Wild Places WILD 003, 1996, CD)

by Peter Thelen, Published 1997-02-01

Haida Deities Cover art

Holy River Family Band is apparently an offshoot of the Swedish psych band The Spacious Mind, a three-piece lineup playing guitars, zaz, oud, surna, violin, bass, organ, synths, hurdy-gurdy, electric piano, flutes, pipes, and hand drums. As one might expect, their sound is heavily middle-eastern influenced, psychedelic, and trance-like. Their sound might be compared to that of bands like Tangle Edge, or early Amon Düül II (especially when the guitars kick in full force), yet the rhythmic intensity is more apparent as the drums tend to be at the front of the mix. All of the pieces are essentially open-ended jams that ebb and flow, the repetitive percussive patterns laying the groundwork for swirling organ and soloing guitars. The structures are fairly simple, but generally quite effective, allowing the three musicians plenty of room to stretch out. Definitely one to check out if you're so inclined.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 11, 1996 releases

Related artist(s): Holy River Family Band

Latest news

2018-01-05
Ray Thomas RIP – On Thursday, 4 January 2017, the world lost Ray Thomas, founding member of the Moody Blues. Thomas sang and played flute, and was responsible for writing a number of the band's most memorable songs. He was 76. » Read more

2017-12-22
Roswell Rudd RIP – Jazz trombonist Roswell Rudd, one of the distinctive players of his instrument in many strains of music, has died at the age of 82. With a career stretching back to the early 60s and over a hundred recordings featuring his playing, he leaves behind a substantial legacy. He was diagnosed with cancer in 2013. » Read more

2017-11-16
Celebrate 10 Years of Fruits de Mer – As a special celebration for a decade of cool vinyl releases, our friends at Fruits de Mer records have prepared a limited edition reissue of an album by the first band ever to appear on the label: Schizo Fun Addict. The band is known for unusual release strag » Read more

2017-11-02
Mega Dodo Presents New Charity Album – Our friends at Mega Dodo have put together a lovely compilation of their artists performing new arrangements of nursery rhymes, and all the profits from sales of the album will benefit Save the Children. It features a number of artists we've covered. » Read more

2017-10-18
Phil Miller RIP – Sad word reaches us today of the passing of another of the great musicians of the Canterbury Scene — guitarist Phil Miller. His distinctive sound added greatly to Matching Mole, Hatfield and the North, and National Health, and he also contributed to albums by Caravan, Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin, and many others. He was 68. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Už Jsme Doma - Pohádky Ze Zapotrebí – If one is wondering how to pronounce the title of the fourth album by this equally unpronounceable Czech sextet, don't feel too bad — the writer is in essentially the same boat. Just call it UJD #4....  (1996) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues