Title - 'Chemical Trance'
Artist - Krief
For those not in the know, Indie singer-songwriter Krief (full name Patrick Krief), has just released his brand new album, Chemical Trance, this past August 14th, 2020 via Indica Records.
Chemical Trance (the follow-up to his 2019 release, Dovetale) is a psychedelic masterpiece of secular shamanistic humanism.
The Montreal-based musician taps into that holy intersection of divine and mortality, confronting his own vulnerabilities in a beautiful cacophony that, at times, recalls Pink Floyd, late-era Beatles, Leonard Cohen, and Radiohead.
And just like the artistic epochs of those great musical masters, the new album is at its best when Krief digs deepest into his most personal moments.
1. 'I Am The Pillar Of Darkness In Your Life'
2. 'I Love You Just The Same'
3. 'Man About Lies'
4. 'Line Stepper'
5. 'Chemical Trance'
7. 'One Up Two Down'
8. 'The Light Between Your Eyes'
9. 'Never Without You'
10. 'Gyp Million Star'
The album (conceived to be one continuous listen) opens with the laid back, hazy dayz swirls of 'I Am The Pillar Of Darkness In Your Life,' and is backed up seamlessly by the ambient piano magnificence of 'I Love You Just The Same,' the more pronounced, yet still acutely grounded, mid-tempo reverb of 'Man About Lies,' and then both the gentle hipsway of 'Line Stepper' and the fiery, fuzzy guitar and drum-led psych rocker, the title track 'Chemical Trance.'
Continuing to tap into the intersection of divine and mortality, confronting his own vulnerabilities in a beautiful cacophony, Krief next brings us the ethereal ballad 'Svengali,' which is followed by the almost-Americana flow of 'One Up Two Down,' the, at first, spatial and airy, the next a guitar rock-enhanced, psych trip of 'The Light Between Your Eyes,' and then rounds out with the Sgt. Peppers-esque piano number 'Never Without You,' closing on the .53 second air space drift of 'Gyp Million Star.'
While Krief is known for dream pop, shoegaze, classic pop/rock, and folk, he pictured Chemical Trance to be more psychedelic in nature, like an Ayahuasca trip. “It’s like you've taken the drug and you're confronting your whole past – all the darkest stuff,” Krief says.
"But you're not reliving it in a normal way, it's hyped-up: emotions as demons, that sort of thing.”
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