Wax Machine – Earthsong of Silence


Carrying on the spirit of bands like It’s a Beautiful Day, The United States of America and Sweetwater, Wax Machine puts all listeners under their spell by blending flute-infused, chill psychedelia with slinky jazz and sunny folk rock sounds.

Hailing from Brighton, UK, Wax Machine’s sound is alive with blooming springtime warmth and greenery. Breezy flutes, bouncy rhythms and whimsically sweet harmonies abound throughout Earthsong of Silence, bringing light and life to wherever they reach.

Songs like “Time Machine” and “Misty Mountain” glow with a lysergic playfulness that brings to mind the likes of The Incredible String Band and the Syd Barrett days of Pink Floyd. Yet, tunes like “Patterns,” “Sun Dance” and “Turiya” reveal a harder, more experimental side of the group. It’s in these songs where their crack musicianship truly shines.

Take “Sun Dance,” for example. After some reggae-like guitar slithers around a fuzzy bass line, the song gives way to an orchestra of obscure clinking and chiming percussion instruments, which all sync up in the strangest yet most satisfying of ways. From there, the band completely falls in, with the flute leading the charge. Maniac drumming, frantic guitars and electric sitar then slam into each other harmoniously, creating a dense barrage of euphoric sound that could be right at home on a Tropicália record. It’s deeply psychedelic moments like these that remind the listener that the impressively balanced production is the handiwork of none other than Kikagaku Moyo’s Go Kurosawa.

Greet the changing of the seasons with this tranquil, effortlessly effervescent record, which the good folks from Beyond Beyond is Beyond still has up for pre-order ahead of its March 20th release date. Get yourself a copy here.




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Published by Record Crates United

Keith Hadad, the creator and manager of RCU, has been a contributing writer to Elmore Magazine and Thewaster.com and maintains a regular column, “Keith Hadad’s Choice,” in Blicker magazine. His writing has also appeared in the Smithsonian Folkways' Guest Blog and the Optical Sounds Fanzine. Also, please check out the blog's super-active Instagram account, @recordcratesunited for daily blurb-styled music reviews.

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