The Assemble Head in Sunburst Sound
When Sweet Sleep Returned


4.0
excellent

Review

by Jordan F. USER (21 Reviews)
June 5th, 2009 | 26 replies | 4,111 views


Release Date: 2008 | Tracklist

Review Summary: TAHISS know exactly how to orchestrate the psychedelia. WSSR is like wandering across some distant, hazy planet as the sun sets and the stars begin to appear.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

The 60's and 70's were the defining era for psychedelic rock and TAHISS obviously take a huge influence from their forefathers, Pink Floyd and the Dead. They do this all without being monotonous and find their own sound by blending together sounds reminiscent of early Floyd, Deep Purple and even Neil Young. The album really shines during the melodic guitar passages and they do a great job also with the fuzzed out gloomier tracks.

The vocals stand out more on some tracks but overall they meander nicely over the flowing guitar leads. The lyrics tend to be a bit hard to catch, especially during the louder, fuzzed out parts. This may be the only weak point but this is not strange for the style being played.The way the keys/organ mesh with the guitars and create harmonies that continue being hummed in your mind throughout the day." The Slumbering Ones" is a stunning daydream of a duet, adding female vocals and a shining flute melody. The album brings to mind a more organic sound scape during some songs while others encourage a nice drift through a sea of shimmering nebulae.

This kind of spaced out melancholy has a certain beauty that really shines on this album. The drawn out "Ohhhs" and "Ahhhs" some psychedelic styled bands use are either hit or miss to me. WSSR features them with great taste and without over using them. While it may seem that spacey psychedelic rock may certainly conjure the great void and celestial bodies to mind, WSSR has a certain western tinge hanging around throughout the album. It is more apparent in some tracks than others but, I could certainly picture a lone rider wandering through a vast plain of magnificent unearthly growth.

The highlights of the album for me would be the grand riffs and soaring ending solo of "Two Birds", the aforementioned duet on "The Slumbering Ones" and the melancholic chorus of "By the Rippling Green". The fuzzed out melodies will captivate the listener completely, perfect for a spring/summer drive. Fans of Psychedelic Rock have a real treasure right here.



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Prophet178
June 6th 2009



6397 Comments


Good stuff, thanks for reviewing it, wouldn't have known about it otherwise. Some really good jams on this, like you said, perfect spring/summer music.

Bleekill
June 8th 2009



832 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Thanks, I hope more people find out about them. Glad this helped you discover them.

FistfulOfSteel
August 13th 2009



894 Comments


going to check this out now. you guys should check out causa sui, psychadelic/spacey rock. has epic saxophone jams, and grooves so hard.

GhettoHmbrglr
December 1st 2012



571 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

ya


YankeeDudel
March 12th 2013



9311 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

cool points allotted

Digging: Rites of Spring - Rites of Spring

Underflow
June 28th 2013



2534 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Great album! Your review's not bad, so good work.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
September 24th 2013



20272 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

So good.

MrElmo
September 24th 2013



1950 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Pretty good yeah, love the opener and the latter half.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
September 24th 2013



20272 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Whole album is amazing. Took a while to grow on me, in fact it's only today that I've realised just how good this is.

MrElmo
September 24th 2013



1950 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Maybe I should give it another listen then...

Underflow
September 24th 2013



2534 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Yeah these guys are great.

Mad.
September 25th 2013



3668 Comments


I've heard the first 3 tracks from this, should sit down and jam the rest

Digging: Anubis - Hitchhiking to Byzantium

Underflow
October 29th 2013



2534 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Weird seeing the rating of Manzanita so low compared to this. They're fairly close in quality. Then again, there's only five ratings there.

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
October 29th 2013



20272 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Still need to give Manzanita a full listen.

This is easily one of my favourite modern psych albums.

Underflow
October 29th 2013



2534 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is easily one of my favorite modern psych bands. Manzanita has their best song to date, "Blue
Wire."

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
May 3rd 2014



15889 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

the genuine shit

Digging: Nemrud - Journey of the Shaman

GhettoHmbrglr
May 3rd 2014



571 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

about that time of year again

JamieTwort
Contributing Reviewer
May 3rd 2014



20272 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

Glad to see you dig this, mena.

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
May 3rd 2014



15889 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

love it mate, just trying their other stuff too

menawati
Contributing Reviewer
May 3rd 2014



15889 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

that riff on Drunken Leaves is perfect



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