The group Kiss Me Sunset comprised of Martin Ferguson, Bernard Lafontaine and Frédéric Lapointe kind of sound like their name. They have a warm sound where the vocals are covered in an ample amount of reverb, the guitars glimmer and synths come at you from all angles. It feels like a ray of sunshine is resting upon your face. The band cites their sound as psychedelic and classic rock, which is certainly true. You can make comparisons to contemporary acts such as Tame Impala and Dungen but I was surprised not to hear the word shoegaze thrown in the mix. I swear I heard some My Bloody Valentines influence. The fact is anyway you look at it Moonshine Bowling is an exceptional EP and certainly one that should gain the band a number of loyal followers.
I usually don’t like it when bands coat the vocals in an obnoxious amount of reverb but in this case it absolutely works and wouldn’t be the same experience without it. Applying reverb is an art within itself and they certainly did their due diligence in EQing the reverb itself properly, having the correct amount of tail, etc. The dreamy vocals feed the dreamy atmosphere, which adds to the psychedelic momentum of the songs.
The EP starts with “A Desert Made Of Fur,” which contains wonderfully infectious vocals melodies and music. It became evident how integral the bass and drums were to this song. The gritty bass and hard hitting drums build the foundation of the song, which ultimately anchors it down from floating away in a sea of ethereal sounds. If you aren't hooked by the end of the song, then you have some serious bad taste in music.
“At The Purple” is a psychedelic concoction of sparkling sounds. A steady, distorted bass and kick drum support a vast array of sounds. It sounds like a rainbow for Christ’s sake. There are some serious shoegaze elements here that the band plays into.
They close with “Sweet Blueberry Root / Celebrate,” which borders on ridiculously good. Come on - these guys sound like a combination of Tame Impala, Spiritualized and Primal Scream. It starts off instrumental and all ambient-like as the music is a mixture between ominous and beautiful. Something starts brewing when the organ and vocals enter and not too much later the band finds a groove and eventually rocks the hell out into interspace.
Alright. If I haven't convinced you yet these guys are the real deal than you have musical deficiencies. Great music here - can’t wait for more.
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