Colour Haze
In Her Garden


3.5
great

Review

by Raul Stanciu STAFF
April 3rd, 2017 | 24 replies


Release Date: 2017 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Awaken from slumber...

Colour Haze have taken for granted their role as German stoner/psychedelic/jam rock pioneers during the past decade, leading them into a comfortable slumber with occasional creative sparks. After reaching a dangerous level of commodity on 2014's subpar LP, To the Highest Gods We Know, the band seems to have kick started the engine once more. As a result, In Her Garden is a heavier listen, showing signs of life from the first minutes.

Immediately, you'll notice the pace is considerably faster when compared to previous works and the guys focused on creating more concise tunes. For example, 'Black Lily', 'Magnolia' & 'Arbores' are high octane numbers that blend riffs really nice with Stefan Koglek's love for solos. Vocals pop up on 'Black Lily', yet like always they are present to mainly enhance the listen, not to be a main driving force. Also, as you cruise through, you realize how top notch is the bass/drum interplay. They fuse and break from one another without feeling weird or boring, whereas the guitar does its usual magic. I really love the "twangy" fuzz sound the latter has (never underestimate a hollow body guitar), as it became a trademark for Colour Haze.

In between the unnecessary 'Sdg' interludes we find another string of great tunes like 'Islands', 'Labyrinthe' or' Lavatera'. They maintain the overall atmosphere, the first two stretching over 9 minutes. 'Islands' is mostly a jam where Koglek takes off with minutes long solos, before toning town halfway. As he sings, the instruments' volume gradually rises, leaving some really nice melodies to take over the coda. 'Labyrinthe' showcases some interesting guitar licks a la To the Highest Gods We Know, but it soon breaks into a steady groove that features some chunky bass lines at the base. You can hear hints of previous efforts here, however, they are small inserts only. Towards In Her Garden's end, Colour Haze maintain things interesting by delivering some catchy numbers, such as 'Skydancer' or 'Lotus'. The piano and violin touches are a plus, since they widen the sonic ranges of these poppier, less distorted cuts. The guys seem rejuvenated mainly because the songs don't drag themselves so slowly anymore without any direction. Moreover, the songwriting feels a lot more inspired even if it isn't anything groundbreaking for them. The final jam, 'Skydance' is a strong one, but unfortunately, after an hour of pummeling epics, it loses impact.

Overall, it's great that In Her Garden has so much to offer, letting you discover new layers upon repeated listens. Colour Haze are awake after years of what seemed to be a deepening creative low. Gladly, their latest effort brings them back to the scene's forefront as active contributors, not just a veteran act past its prime. Although it could've been trimmed this is a solid entry in such an expansive catalog as well as a good starting point for newcomers.



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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
April 3rd 2017


4346 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I get that they are a big band and many people follow them, but this random release of albums is slightly annoying lol. I wrote this review so that it doesn't go unnoticed. The CD is available for a month now, while the vinyl comes out in May.



This is a lot better than To the Highest Gods We Know, but a bit too long IMO.



Stream here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C9JfM_zIki0

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Mad.
April 3rd 2017


4672 Comments


damn did not expect this lol

sad to see they seem to have lost their mojo a bit, they've probably peaked and can't really find anywhere else to go from here

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
April 3rd 2017


4346 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

This isn't as good as their peak albums, but it's a good one nevertheless. A lot more enjoyable than To The Highest Gods

CompostCompote
April 3rd 2017


737 Comments


Album cover is nicest bathroom wallpaper I've seen since Autechre - Tri Repetae.

Dewinged
April 3rd 2017


5394 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Out of nowhere! Nice review man, their last effort left me a bit cold, let's see this one.

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budgie
April 3rd 2017


3129 Comments


is this the stoner rock band or the chill wave band

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TheSpaceMan
April 4th 2017


9035 Comments


nice review man, gotta peep. they'll never top Tempel though

Dewinged
April 4th 2017


5394 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

The stoner one budg

TheSpaceMan
April 4th 2017


9035 Comments


dont let that deter you -- its the good kind

budgie
April 4th 2017


3129 Comments


it won't i love stoner rock. i've heard another record by these guys and for sure diggified it

TheSpaceMan
April 4th 2017


9035 Comments


awesome (:

budgie
April 4th 2017


3129 Comments


have you heard the earthless/harsh toke split?

TheSpaceMan
April 4th 2017


9035 Comments


no, would you recommend it?

budgie
April 4th 2017


3129 Comments


hell yeah. check it! super chill stuff.

jtswope
April 4th 2017


5549 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Had no idea this was coming out. Nice.

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
April 4th 2017


4346 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

@Dewinged - Thanks! Yeah, I don't know what happened with their previous LP, this one is much better though. Also, check out Mother Engine - Absturz if you haven't. It's a really cool mix of Colour Haze and Samsara Blues Experiment.



They quietly release albums these days. This one was available at the beginning of March as they started touring with My Sleeping Karma. They just posted one track and said the CD would be available soon and vinyls in May.

Dewinged
April 4th 2017


5394 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

nice, thanks for the recs man, will check that out too.

Barakiel
April 4th 2017


3 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I did like the previous LP. You can't blame a band for trying something different… I like this one even better though. You can find there a bit of everything they've done before, only different : the epic "Santana" jams of She said, the experimental tricks of TTHGWK, short groovy numbers (the closer they get to their stoner rock roots) and of course a lot of fuzz everywhere. They've managed to become a different band without losing their trademark sound just like Motorpsycho… They're more and more in a league of their own.

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
April 4th 2017


4346 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

From TTHGWK I like the title track, Uberall and Paradise, but the rest sounds uninspired or a rehash of previous songs.

Barakiel
April 4th 2017


3 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I see your point but I thougth it was an interesting turn after the looseness of She Said. The overall record was tight like they never were before, a bit more sabbathy also (Circles). I still listen to it a lot. They played the title track in Paris two weeks ago and I enjoyed every second of it.



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