The Return of the Sun Kings

by Kingdom of the Holy Sun

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    First vinyl release on Dead Bees Records by Kingdom of the Holy Sun.

    Includes unlimited streaming of The Return of the Sun Kings via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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The Return of the Sun Kings

01 Set the Controls for the Center of your Mind
02 The Sun Kings
03 Kaleidoscopic Vision
04 Getting Higher
05 Khmer Lady
06 Legend of the Desert Mystics

Sam Hart from KEXP
blog.kexp.org/2015/02/27/song-of-the-day-kingdom-of-the-holy-sun-getting-higher/

Referring to their music as Psychedelic Shamanistic Madness, Seattle’s Kingdom of the Holy Sun have carved out a sound steeped in vintage garage sensibility. Building upon their past releases, with The Return of the Sun Kings, the band has achieved a uniquely rich organic connection with each instrument an essential ingredient in achieving a majestic internal coherence. Today’s featured song, “Getting Higher”, is the album’s midpoint and a full-bodied THC-induced workout. Carried rhythmically with its head nodding backbeat, the track quickly opens up to a wall of tasty phychedelic sound, dipped in a drastic elements while keeping a consistent melodic heart. Breaking the surface in hazy string drenched sunshine, the loving bite of guitars and laissez faire vocals keep the track invigoratingly fresh and full of yesteryear wonder, like a stoned teenage memory.



Nathan Ford at The Active Listener:
active-listener.blogspot.co.nz/2015/08/kingdom-of-holy-sun-return-of-sun-kings.html

Finally someone has recognized the brilliance of Guido Anselmi's psychedelic tribe and sorted out a vinyl release for them, after several excellent digital releases. (To clarify, many have already recognized said brilliance, but not been in a position to 'vinylize' it).

The label in question is Dead Bees Records (also responsible for what we reckon was last year's best shoegaze release, from France's Dead Horse One), and their timing is brilliant, as "The Return of the Sun Kings" continues the trend of each release from these guys being exponentially better than the last. Logically there has to be a limit as to how much each release can kick the previous's arse by, but there's no signs of it yet.

"The Return of the Sun Kings" sees Anselmi channeling the Lizard King's shamanistic tendencies into a captivating set of anthemic paeans. But far from coming off as a Doors rip-off, or even just an affectionate homage, Anselmi develops and leads these canticles into realms that one suspects Morrison would have happily ventured into, had he not been directed elsewhere by the other three Doors members.

"The Return of the Sun Kings" is a wonderful thing. Expertly sequenced and paced, it's front-loaded with the hookier, more pop-friendly material (pre-release track "Getting Higher", the ridiculously catchy "The Sun Kings"), before the second side gets into the really interesting stuff - droning, tribal pieces which recall the Black Angel's early material, with the garage clamour toned down.

I've right thrashed the digital promo of this, and the vinyl release will certainly be on my shopping list. Check out the Bandcamp page below, where you can download the first track for free as a taster, or pre-order the vinyl release which is due around the 1st of September:

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released 11 November 2014

All songs written by Guido Anselmi.
Produced by Guido Anselmi and Matthew Brown.
Mixed by Matthew Brown and Guido Anselmi.
Mastered by Levi Seitz at Black Belt Mastering

Kingdom of the Holy Sun is:
Guido Anselmi: Vocals, Guitar, Organ, Percussion.
Scott Kennedy: Backing Vocals, Guitar.
Josh Deveney: Guitar.
Daniel Sansone: Bass Guitar.
Benajah Weiss: Organ, Harmonium.
Christian Powers: Drums, Percussion.

Matthew Brown - Vibraslap

Recorded at Crackle and Pop Studio, Seattle, WA.
Artwork by Mike Cormier.

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