When I was a young boy, at the end of the seventies, I often listened to the music of Alquin, a progressive rock band from The Netherlands. Later on another progressive rock band from that country, Kong, became my all time favorite. When I got into the gothic scene, it was yet another Dutch band that dragged me in, The Gathering. So it shouldn't be a surprise when I say that my musical preferences are inspired by the Dutch.
You guessed it, No Man's Valley is also a Dutch band, formed in Horst After two ep's, they're now ready to release their mind-altering debut full-length. However, the whole albums feels like it could have been released about thirty years ago. What we get is a nostalgic trip through rock history, influenced by Iggy Pop, The Who, Nick Cave, Pink Floyd, Stevie Ray Vaughan and several other bands in their parent's record collection.
The album opens with a dark chant, almost a mantra, and shortly after turns into an immersive organ driven classic rock album. 'Kill The Bees' seems to have a repetitive and psychedelic aura, which immediately brings a smile to my face. It's followed by the delightful ballad 'Sinking The Lifeboat'. By now I'm convinced, this is a damn good album, written by some excellent musicians. In fact, I really like the vocals but unfortunately the only comparison I can imagine is "Danzig does the blues". It's meant as a compliment, honestly.
'Love Or Axe Murder' is arguably my favorite song on this album, a song that would have fitted perfectly on Nick Cave's 'Murder Ballads'. "And The Wolves Are Coming" is a true hip shaker, one which will remind everyone of 'The Passenger' and some people of some eighties britpop songs. This will get everyone dancing, that's for sure. 'Man Who Walked Backwards' is a song for gloomy jazz clubs, blues but strange blues, smoky, haunting.
Title track 'Time Travel' is another one of my favorites. It's a great blend of new wave and psychedelic rock and it's a damn groovy one.And with that, I think we covered the entire "Psychedelic blues-infused organ wave rock" thing. There's one more song to go, but I'll let you figure out that one for yourself. It's a good one too, obviously. All the songs are. So check it out, this is a great trip.