is bliss The Honeycomb Explosion (coloured vinyl 12", £12.50)label: Club AC30
"Fusing the soundscapes of early Verve with reverb-fuelled delirium in the vein of Ride or Chapterhouse." DiS. Having received rave reviews for 2016's debut release 'Velvet Dreams', Hampshire psychedelic shoegaze trio Is Bliss continue to cause a stir with the release of this EP. With a shared love of Slowdive, Spacemen 3 and Verve, Is Bliss's first year has seen the band turn heads with their explosive live shows and have supported the likes of Wolf Alice, Telescopes, Nine Black Alps, Mark Gardener and Robin Guthrie in a whirlwind twelve months. The band have also received radio support from the likes of Lauren Laverne, Tom Ravenscroft and Radcliffe & Maconie at BBC Radio 6 Music along with BBC Introducing and Amazing Radio. The Honeycomb Explosion' opens with the soporific 'Someone' that echoes The Warlocks before giving way to effervescent guitars and wig-out drums. 'Alive (Baby Come On)' hypnotises and mesmerises in equal measure, providing a heavy dose of visceral sound; a spaced-out sonic groove as Stuart pleads 'I can't satisfy your love', to a backdrop of deafening feedback guitar. The dreampop of 'Into A Dream' glitters 60s-like with guitars that turn into waterfalls of sitar and full on, psych induced vibrations before the mystical and magical 'Tomorrow' is a trip into the unknown conjuring up a drug-induced utopia. The EP closes with 'Inner Soul', a hazy, mind-altering trip with Stuart's vocals immersed under a wall of reverb and fuzzed-up guitars, his vague poetry only adding to the atmosphere of the EP throughout. Transparent yellow vinyl with red and orange streaks.
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