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Review | The Entrance Band – ‘Face the Sun’ (Album)


Entrance started as Guy Blakeslee’s baby in Baltimore, eventually becoming a fully grown trio in Los Angeles. In 2006, Blakeslee collaborated with Paz Lenchantin (bass) and Derek James (drums) to form The Entrance Band. Now with their first full-length in four years, we have been blessed with ‘Face The Sun’.

Released through Beyond Beyond is Beyond Records in New York, ‘Face The Sun’ is a nice place to peak for The Entrance Band. Consistently trippy, the band have been immersed in psychedelia for close to a decade now. True to their sound, the heavily layered instrumental tracks, combined with Blakeslee’s vocals, merge nicely to form forty-five minutes of awakening madness.

This madness is not melodic, rather it’s the instability that inspired the sound. According to the band,

“The album emerges from a long tunnel of addiction, anxiety, sorrow and sadness. But in these hells exist the perspectives that allow for one – or in this case, three – to see their journey through, to wilfully turn toward the light and take in the prism of paradise.”

Lyrically this album is raw and at times very profound. Although not entirely relatable given the history of addiction, songs like ‘Year of the Dragon‘ and ‘The Crave‘ (which has a warm bluesy vibe) are explicit enough to show you what that dark place might feel like – “the deeper you breathe the harder you choke…/ tryin’ to hold on to the feeling/ It’s already gone“. As mentioned earlier – it’s not all doom and gloom.

We all know how important a little Vitamin D is and the ‘sun’ mentioned in the albums title is still evident throughout. ‘Fire Eyes‘ is the perfect example of the more passionate, uplifting moments the album has to offer. It’s a standout track and an obvious choice for one of the first two singles. With its surf-rock, 60s inspired guitar and effortless percussion, it has far more sway than slump.

Face The Sun‘ is easy on the eye too. Whether you have a third eye or not, the spiritual awareness implied by the albums artwork is incredibly inviting. The video for their latest single ‘Spider‘ was directed by bass player Paz Lenchantin, proving the creativity doesn’t limit itself to the music.

The entire vibe that The Entrance Band gives off easily transports you to another level. They have previously supported Sonic Youth and just finished touring the West Coast (USA) with Mazzy Star. Their sound is both experimental and soothingly robust. Combine that with the energy of a live audience and it’s a live show to look out for.

If you’re comfortable with music that is heavy in meaning but light in sound, this is for you. Sit back, relax and allow yourself to be enlightened by the layers. It’s nice to know that there’s always a little light at the end of the tunnel.

‘Face the Sun’ is available to purchase on iTunes

The album is available to stream via Consequence of Sound

Written by Kylie O’Connell

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