REVIEW: BLUES PILLS – “Lady In Gold”
Using the mystic sounds of the late 60’s and early 70’s as their base, the Blue Pills continue to blend a sweet concoction of blues-rock on ‘Lady In Gold’.The title track gets things off with a fist in the air rock anthem. The droning keyboards form the backdrop for the electric vocals of Elin Larsson as the song builds up to the chorus. Dorian Sorriaux’s guitar is soaked in overdriven furry fuzz and bleeds reverb and swooshing phaser giving off a strong psychedelic vibe.
While there is no denying that the Blue Pills have a love affair for the glory days of psychedelic rock and soul, they make this genre all their own with inventive melodies and hungry rhythms that seek to nest within the essence of your being. This is hammered home on the space rocking “Little Boy Preacher” and the tripped out “Elements and Things”. Elin channels the scorching tones of Janis Joplin and Grace Slick with a hint of Adele, yet her voice is all her own and it is glorious.
The blue roots of the Blue Pills are exposed on “You Gotta Try”. Andre Kvarnstrom instinctively knows when to lie back and when to kick the beat in the ass. His drumming is understated, yet drives the intensity of changes through out the song. Andre has an uncanny sense of when to throw in some flash and when to ride the wave. Zach Anderson’s driving bass gets some well-deserved attention on “Rejection” as he provides the pulsing power that propels this soulful rocking tune. The whole band is on fire with this song and I think it is the standout track on the album. Start to finish; this song embodies the soulful passion of the Blue Pills.
‘Lady In Gold’ showcases the soulful majesty and love of music that makes the Blue Pills a joy to listen to. Each song embraces the psychedelic fueled blues-rock of pioneers Jefferson Airplane, Iron Butterfly and the Chi-Lites while retaining their originality. It is time to sew a new freak flag blazing with the day-glory of the Blue Pills.