EGOTONES is an instrumental band from Eugene, OR, that is releasing their latest album Geodesic Dome. The album was recorded and mixed by themselves. Time under lockdown allowed the band to track some sections in a large old dancehall for a unique and natural reverb. And it is a good thing they did since the acoustics on this album sounded great. Especially for this type of music where the band employs their expertise on all things ‘60s and ‘70s with a spaghetti western, surf, psychedelic, prog and some heavy rock appeal. As their jam-sessions unravel before you on this record, you really get a sense of what this group is all about.
Geodesic Dome begins with “Sabu,” where synths build up for a wave of ambiance in the backdrop of this track. Some airy guitars get worked into the sound of this recording. The guitars have a spaghetti western feel with touches of surf rock. I loved the psychedelic undertones to this piece. It gave it a very sprawling air. The pacing of this piece reminded me of a Tarantino film. On the title track “Geodesic Dome,” busy instrumentals come in on this surf rock song.
You can really feel the reverb of the dancehall from the wave of guitars on this recording. It really made for a dynamic sound. Some moody synths arise with an alien vibe alongside the tolling of bells on “Night Of The Dugong.” The band rides the waves for a psychedelic, surf rock appeal.
The band is really on a roll as they take on psychedelic guitars on “Mr. Poppa Dooklio.” The band’s musicianship creates a wave of sound, startling listeners right from the start. Each instrumental on “Inside Rain” seems to have a voice of its own as it joins forces for a chorus of sounds. Synths at first sculpt the soundscape of this song, creating an atmospheric ambiance. Next, some keys send out a melodic pulse. Gradually, some sparse guitar riffs reels in the band’s signature sound. Changing things up with the piano-based “Ella,” the sounds are loose for a reverb laced sound. The band also adds some electronic beats for a mix of natural and synthetic vibes to give this recording a very tight-knit sound.
On “Chen Chen Bye Bye,” what sounds like the organ lights up the sounds here. Next, fully charged guitars change the atmospheres for an energized piece. “Harmonic Voltage” transitions right away from the previous song, making for a cohesive listening experience. The band ups the wattage. The spree of instrumentals definitely made for a busy and hectic sound. The band’s psychedelic streak continues with a rousing finish coming from each band member on “Interstellar Overbite.”
Like it was previously mentioned, the band used an old dancehall space to give the acoustics on this album that extra depth. The reverb and distortion-level on this record was good from start to finish. The fuzz-factor is utilized like another instrument on this album, making this record feel like a live performance. A rousing romp from front to back, the band’s energy will get you riled up in no time. Give this a spin today!
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