Millburray is a self-described neo-psychedelic band from Northern California. On their recent release Maiden Voyage they tip their hats to bands like Cream but also would fit along nice and snug amongst contemporaries like Ty Segall and Tale Impala. The music is raw, feels like a hit of blotter acid and sounds like the band is having a great time. These elements combined and you get a recipe for a successful debut.
The songs are solid throughout and the only thing really holding it back is some of the production. Don’t get me wrong it was lo-fi and fitted the music but still I would have loved just a bit more magic in the production end of things.
The album rocks out plenty with its opening number “Who In Tibet.” What’s not to love really - the song has a shredding psychedelic lead guitar, a great vocal performance, and a very live sounding drum kit. The singer gives an inspired performance He often sounds similar to Kevin Parker from Tame Impala and Kevin Parker often sounds like John Lennon which isn't something to be ashamed of.
“Bamboo Killer” was a nice dose of raw instrumentation that sounded a bit like Frank Zappa and something you might hear off of Atom Heart Mother. The strongest song of the five may have been the Eastern-influenced “Mother Of Ten Thousand Things” which successfully blends western rock and traditional sounding Indian music (think Ravi Shankar). The song has a really great string arrangements as well as inspirational vocal lines that make the song stand out.
MIllburray started off with 12 tracks that were trimmed down to five before the release and I think they made a good decision. These songs are good and they created a solid foundation for them to grow off of.
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