Space Carnival just may be one of the most aptly named bands in music history. The electronic funk psychedelia of their music could certainly serve as a soundtrack to such an event. I can more than picture riding a Tilt-A-Whirl through the cosmos as their latest album, Drawn In By The Sun, blares from the beyond.
The band, consisting of members from both Ithaca and Oneonta, spend all eight tracks spiraling through every nuance of the jam scene spectrum. They do so ever so well. Opener “Moon Boots” is a groove driven, melodic freak out featuring the intense bass of Chris Meier. This track really sets the stage for things to come. The only thing you can count on from song to song is the groove. The rest is all a surprise. Whether it be the eccentric lyrical theme of “Entree The Giant” or the undeniable guitar mastery of Jeremy Kraus on “Uh Oh, I Slipped My Disco”, the band keeps you on your toes.
Favorite track, “Plibt”, combines the ominous strokes of keyboardist Cameron Fitch and the stellar backbeat of drummer Nick Tassinari into trance inducing mysticism. That song could easily be inserted into any mid 90’s Phish setlist. The highest praise I can give! The band closes the album with “Regal Krad”, which truly reaches for celestial bliss. My word. This one song crams everything from the 70’s keyboard effects of Tangerine Dream to soaring guitar heroics of the jam scene Gods.
Drawn In By The Sun is a masterwork. It features layer upon layer of audial euphoria. Every note is the equivalent of a splash of paint in a Jackson Pollack painting. Tiny pieces of beauty blended together to form one beautiful abstract masterpiece. However, this one can serve as the soundtrack for your first ferris wheel ride in the milky way. Listen now! Space Carnival – Drawn In By the Sun. Available today!
Author: Colin Seymour
Photography: Jerrie DiFabio