I get the sense that the large collective of artists and contributors that is The Blaze Velluto Collection is just a pack of time-lords. They have managed to craft a sound that is so dead on ’60s psych, country and folk that it blows my mind. The scent of that decade is so pungent in the music that I can smell it. I can feel a haze manifest around me and I am perfectly content to let it engulf me. Let’s dive into their album Weatherman.
The Blaze Velluto Collection is about fifteen musicians, give or take a few depending on circumstances. The songs were recorded over eight years, which again makes these people highly suspect for time travel because the album is so cohesive. There are a lot of vocalists involved which give a lot of the songs these big choral climaxes making everything feel amplified. There’s nothing off the beaten path about the instruments used, but everything from the guitar to the drums are wielded by people well versed in the ’60s era. I love how there are so many hands in the pot and yet everything sounds grounded and never overdone.
This album delivers everything from sweet country-like duets to traditional solo folk songs. With certain tracks the energy is quirky like “Mornin Dew” which has a spunky duet between vocalists and is just full of fun energy. Then things can get calmer and more dreamy like “Pondicherri” which is this dreamy slow build that expands into its own vast universe. Then there are these crazy rock statements that just get right in your face like “M. Coyote.” Every single one of these songs has incredible lyrics, every single one. I love the words of this album, pure poetry. The lyrics are supported by masterful song structure that is very cinematic like. This album paints endless pictures.
Obviously, the album’s production plays a huge part in what makes this group unique and distinctive. There was serious work put in to make this album sound like something you could only dig out of a vinyl store. However there are modern touches that keep the quality on par with today’s standards. This sound is often associated with the listener having to struggle to hear the lyrics. True fans would have to dig up the lyrics on the Internet. However that was not the case here. They found a balance that let me enjoy all aspects of the music.
Maybe eight years was just the right amount of time this album needed to be in the oven because it feels so complete and that’s part of what makes it so enjoyable. Weatherman is high on my buy list. This music is so powerful and exciting. Do I feel the musicians are cheating being that I still suspect they are time-lords? I guess they are but honestly it’s so damn good I just don’t care. At least they’re kind enough to take you on the journey with them. Congratulations to everyone involved on the album. It really is a winner.
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