Exposé Online banner

The Green Ray — Half Sentences
(Sugarbush Records SB040, 2017, LP)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2018-02-18

Half Sentences Cover art

Half Sentences is a superb album by England’s The Green Ray issued on lime green vinyl by Sugarbush Records. Dating back to the mid-90s, mates Ken Whaley and Richard Treece formed The Green Ray. Sadly Ken passed away in 2013 and then during the sessions for Half Sentences, lead guitarist Richard passed on as well. Band mates Ken’s brother Simon Whaley (drums, lead electric and acoustic guitars), Jeff Gibbs (bass guitar and backing vocals), and Martin James Gee (electric and acoustic guitars and vocals) soldiered on, wrapping the LP up in May 2017. The band continues to gig in and around London, further honing their sound. Half Sentences is a set of seven songs and a final track that sounds like the band talking in half sentences with fans in a pub after a performance. Their music is a merging of Mirage era Camel, Dire Straits “Sultans of Swing,” Billy the Kid era Bob Dylan, a bit of Jerry Garcia and the Grateful Dead, and The Byrds’ “Change Is Now.” Richard’s lyric guitar riffing crushes it, providing the right amount of trippy psych excursions into West Coast psych. Dick Salomon (aka Bevis Frond) recommended to Sugarbush that they release this LP and I am glad they did. This record is a breath of fresh air and sure to please.


Filed under: New releases, 2017 releases

Related artist(s): The Green Ray

Latest news

2019-08-20
Alex's Hand Seeks Spa Treatment – American / European band Alex's Hand has a new album in the works called Hungarian Spa, which looks to be their biggest and best yet, featuring a large roster of guest musicians. They're seeking funding to take the project on the road, and are looking for help from the crowd of wisdom. » Read more

2019-06-05
Legendary Co-Founder of The 13th Floor Elevators Passes Away at Age 71 – Sadly, Roky Erickson passed away on May 31, 2019. Known as the father of psychedelic music and co-founder of the ground breaking 13th Floor Elevators, Roky had a profound influence on music from the 60s to today. Plagued by his own personal demons, Roky had a difficult life and is now free of these burdens. » Read more

2019-04-24
Help MoonJune Bring Great Music to Life – Like many music lovers around the world, we’ve been thrilled and amazed to hear the recordings that have been released by MoonJune from sessions at La Casa Murada in Spain. Such label stalwarts as Mark Wingfield, Markus Reuter, Asaf Sirkis, Tony Levin, Dusan Jevtovic, Vasil Hadzimanov, and many more have gathered in various combinations at the studio to produce some of the most creative music in recent years. Now, label head Leonardo Pavkovic is offering a compilation, La Casa Murada - MoonJune Sessions, Volume One, as a fundraiser for upcoming sessions. » Read more

2019-04-10
The Pineapple Thief to Tour North America – November and December of 2019 will see The Pineapple Thief bringing their music to Canada, Mexico, and the US, and famed drummer Gavin Harrison will be on board. The band has been touring extensively in Europe, but North America will be new territory for them. » Read more

2019-03-25
Scott Walker RIP – Noel Scott Engel, better known as Scott Walker, was one of the most intriguing and enigmatic musical figures in the second half of the 20th Century. His strange career started with The Walker Brothers, an American pop group that featured no one named Walker and no brothers. After moving to England in 1965, they had a series of hit singles. Scott's solo work started with Scott in 1967. Starting in the 80s, his work took an increasingly avant-garde turn. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Roger Powell - Cosmic Furnace – This legendary album from the early days of electronic music is a welcome reissue. The overall sound is a bit unusual because of Powell’s use of ARP synthesizers rather than Moogs. The tracks...  (2006) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues