The Darkside – Melomania

The Darkside’s second and last album, had mixed reviews.  It moved away from the psychedelic folk rock and went towards the regular indie fare that filled the alternative charts of the time.  But there are still some atmospheric classics such as Rise that builds up slowly and then goes into a wobbly sonic guitar freak out.  In it’s own way sounding like The Doors, this is due to Pete Bassman’s solitary vocals and the length of the song.

Another highlight is  Tornado, it’s sinuous guitar catches the listener.  Organs are used extensively in the background.  Sterling Roswell was concentrating on keyboards this broadened the sound, and he handed the drum sticks over to Craig Wagstaff.

Are Your For Real and Cry for Me are anthemic, but This Mystic Morning reverts to a slow drum shuffle and psychedelic  musings that are straight from All That Noise, or the Kula Shaker back catalogue.

The Darkside : Melomania

Always Pleasure
Feeling Flow
Tornado
This Mystic Morning
Someday
Are You for Real
24 Hours
Cry for Me
Rise

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