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Somali Yacht Club
The Sun


4.0
excellent

Review

by Mad. USER (28 Reviews)
December 3rd, 2014 | 64 replies


Release Date: 2014 | Tracklist


For a new, unknown band, a name bears great importance - it will be the first impression anyone who stumbles upon your music will have, which could be the difference between standing apart and falling in with every other band of your genre, and could be your make or break for any kind of popularity. While a name like Somali Yacht Club could suggest something ominous and violent, what we are in fact assaulted by here is not a murderous crew of pirates but five songs of heavy, progressive-leaning rock music. However, the name also has a certain level of intrigue, which is reflected in the band's sound.

The Sun is perhaps one of the year's most promising releases from a band falling into the category encompassing such styles as stoner, psychedelic and hard rock. The band's greatest strength is their blending of fresh and unexpected influences and sounds within that familiar, tired format. From the opening sitar ambience of Loom, to the reggae-esque middle section of Sightwaster to the epic tremolo-picked crescendo of Signals, each song on the album is distinguished which, along with its concise running-time, ensures that the album remains captivating throughout. The fact that every song is over the length of 7 minutes also benefits the band, allowing each theme to develop and mutate to its full potential.

In some ways, this could allow the band to get away with stretching few ideas over a full album's run-time, since most of the musicianship on the album is somewhat simple, making use of familiar stoner-rock riffs and power chord progressions. However, this would only be a problem if these ideas were boring and uninspired which is absolutely not the case - even more impressive for a three-piece, the band's song-writing remains consistently sharp, particularly bolstered by the guitarist's use of a clean, delay-drenched sound in the album's instrumental moments which creates an expansive vast yet airy dynamic to their music.

Instead, the band's main drawback is that their song-writing abilities outclass their musicianship, which is not an issue at this stage as their ideas are still original. The album's only other apparent weaknesses are its lyrics - being from Ukraine, English is not Somali Yacht Club's first language which leads to inaccurate lyrics such as "sands are everywhere" and an overall simplicity in their language and themes. Once again, this is something that can be improved over time - for a debut, The Sun is a great achievement and creates anticipation for the band's next endeavours as they become more experienced musicians, which will allow them to fully utilise their exciting song-writing capabilities and achieve that coveted "magnum opus" status.



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Mad.
December 3rd 2014


4912 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Full album stream: http://somaliyachtclub.bandcamp.com/



Also posted here: http://supernormalreviews.wordpress.com/2014/12/04/somali-yacht-club-the-sun/



Shout-out to Val of Ethereal Riffian for sending me a free CD of this in return for a review!

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
December 3rd 2014


10701 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Great review for a great album, pos.



This was a great find for me as well, and hopefully, for every other sputnik resident into the mentioned genres.

SharkTooth
December 3rd 2014


14921 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

yeah this is cool

huge pos

Mad.
December 3rd 2014


4912 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks y'all, this album deserves some more attention

twlight
December 3rd 2014


8682 Comments


great review Finbar, i'll have to give this a prper listen

djunior
December 3rd 2014


882 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

great to see a review for this



awesome album, pos

Mad.
December 4th 2014


4912 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Thanks br0s

SharkTooth
December 4th 2014


14921 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

you're welcome

Mad.
December 4th 2014


4912 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Band shared this on their Facebook and said that "This one is so fair and accurate, that we begin to worry that we've been spied on during our rehearsals and recording sessions." Pretty happy

SharkTooth
December 4th 2014


14921 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Where did they say that lol

Voivod
Staff Reviewer
December 4th 2014


10701 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Well done Mad. :-)



And the band certainly deserves the praise.

Mad.
December 4th 2014


4912 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Their facebook bro, most recent post

SharkTooth
December 5th 2014


14921 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Shout-out to Val of Ethereal Riffian for sending me a free CD of this in return for a review!

holy shit that's the second time this year dude!



Mad.
December 5th 2014


4912 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah haha it's awesome, he's a really nice guy. Maybe I can do some more for him!

SharkTooth
December 5th 2014


14921 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

You should totally write a 5/5 review for their debut

Mad.
December 6th 2014


4912 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Lol, counteract that Sputnik hate for it

Mad.
January 2nd 2015


4912 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Sightwaster is a fantastic song

Lord(e)Po)))ts
January 21st 2015


70239 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

good alb

Lord(e)Po)))ts
January 21st 2015


70239 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

art is 5/5

Mad.
January 22nd 2015


4912 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Glad you dig bro, artwork is indeed sick



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