If I’d a told you ten years ago that archaic musical motifs such as psychedelia and folk would be heavily en vogue come the new millennium- that the dictators of cool near and far would be heralding the rightful ascension of said motifs aesthetic greatness from every mountain top- you most likely would have dismissed me. And if I’d a said that the epicenter of this revival would be
All Hour Cymbals is an amalgamation of bygone sounds; 1 part prog-rock, 2 parts world music , 1 part psychedelia. Overall very new age-y.
The theme of many of these songs is futurist or (post)apocalyptic— 2080 for instance begins with the cheerful line; ‘I cant sleep when I think about the times we’re living in/ I can’t sleep when I think about the future I was born into”. This is quite ironic, possibly intentionally so; as, save for the production, All Hour Cymbals would have sounded right at home in late 60’s or early 70’s. Chock full of, jangly guitars, mandolins, and proggy synths; the debt here to ELO, early Pink Floyd and even Yes is obvious. Crashing symbols, wood blocks, tambourines, and shakers along with subdued back beats give the rhythms a drum circle vibe. And the chants of Anand Walker (keyboard), Ira Wolf Tuton (guitars), Chris Keating (bass) and Luke Fasano (drums), who all provide vocals, give the whole thing a vaguely religious feel- but more in an obscure, pagans-with-crystals sense than any of the mainstream faiths.
By all accounts I should categorically hate this kind of music and yet I find it strangely hypnotic, meriting repeat listens. Go figure, fads are cyclical.www.myspace.com/yeasayer