Exposé Online banner

The Luck of Eden Hall — Victoria Moon
((Not on label) Headspin, 2013, CD/LP)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2014-08-31

Victoria Moon Cover artThe Luck of Eden Hall initially released their seventh release Victoria Moon as a limited edition CD as a premium for their Kickstarter campaign in June 2013 to help fund their trip to the UK to perform at the first Fruits de Mer All Dayer concert in August 2013. Consequently that release has sold out. Now Dutch label Headspin Records will reissue Victoria Moon on vinyl this fall. This new edition will be a double gatefold sleeve with an eight-page book and a sticker. And there will only be 300 copies released, so it is another limited edition. The Luck of Eden Hall hail from Chicago and have been playing and recording their unique brand of pop-psych since 1993. They are Curvey (vocals, guitars, bass, theremin, synths, drum kit), Mark Lofgren (vocals, bass, guitar, synths), Carlos Mendoza (drums), and Jim Licka (Mellotron). Now, I am a bit uncertain as the correct contents of this reissue. The promo material lists the same 13 tracks as on the initial release, but the promo CD they sent contains an additional seven alternate mixes of some of the tracks. It is probably my ears, but the only difference I can tell with these alternate versions is that the sound is cleaner and the vocals are easier to understand. Two of the tracks, “Sassafras Overcoat” and “Dandy Horse,” appear on Greatest Hits, Vol. 1. Overall, Victoria Moon is a disc filled with their signature sound, and there are a number of standout tracks. The title track uses various sounds and effects, reversed tracks, sound bites, and megaphone vocals ala Sgt. Pepper to create a trippy mood piece. “Sitting Bull” is another song of note with its heavy driving beat. There is some very tasteful sustained guitar work, think Robert Fripp, on “Drunk Like Shakespeare on Love.” But the band really excels when they have a minimal approach to the music. The best track is “Blood on My Feet,” that alternates between guitar and Mellotron and evokes a Genesis vibe. Another song, “The Horrible Pill Book” with its carnival/calliope intro, evokes Steve Hackett’s Please Don’t Touch.

Filed under: New releases, Reissues, 2013 releases

Related artist(s): The Luck of Eden Hall

Latest news

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

2019-03-20
Freedom to Spend Unearths June Chikuma's Archives – Jun (June) Chikuma is well known for her video game and anime soundtracks, but she also released an album of experimental electronic music back in 1986 called Divertimento where she indulged the kind of spontaneity that wouldn't work in a soundtrack. RVNG Int'l label Freedom to Spend is bringing this overlooked item to broader attention with a deluxe reissue. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Richard Johnson and Jud Martindale - Creatures of Habit – For those interested with tracking down the roots of master acoustic fret bender, Richard Leo Johnson, look no further! Uncovered from the independent release catacombs is a 1993 gem from Johnson and...  (2000) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues