Red Lama
(Dreams Are Free)
2016
Crank this to 8.7 of 11
Genre:
Neo-Psychadelic rock, Space rock
Sounds Like:
O Brother, Lumerians, Weird Owl
Red Lama deliver a distinct brand of spacious psychedelic rock that is challenging to put in words. Their music infuses multiple styles of rock while staying a bit mysterious and original at the same time. The seven-piece band hailing from Denmark has released a wonderful debut with Dreams Are Free. This album will take you on a musical journey through avenues of shoegaze, neo-psychedelic rock and space rock. We must say the music is very impressive for a debut album as Dreams Are Free is trippy and spacious. We have no doubt this will tap into your conscious and mesmerize you for the full 43 minutes.

What are the highlights of the album?
The second track “Sonic Revolution” has it all; tribal percussion, psychedelic synths, Middle Eastern sounding guitars and terrific vocals. The song has such colorful textures, crank this one up and soak it in. “The World Is Yours” is a powerful and upbeat tune, the dark synths is a great touch, shows the bands’ originality. The last cut “Dalai Delay,” which runs a tad under ten minutes is a trippy affair and builds beautifully over time. The psychedelic space rock-like jam at the end is tremendous and leaves you satisfied.

How is the production value?

The production is very good, for seven musicians, nothing gets overshadowed. The music is very well layered; you will always hear something new, which gives this album good longevity.

How is the vocal performance?
Great, the vocals of Johannes Havemann Kissov Linnet are pretty original and soulful. At times though, we get a flashback of the great Jim Morrison, even a touch Greg Lake of ELP fame and bit of Robert Smith. It’s quite a unique vocal performance that elevates the band from others.

Does the album art reflect the music?

Yes, the colors are rich and should make you stop and think. We would love to find out who the artist is.

What adult beverage to enjoy while listening to this album?

Ommegang Three Philosophers. This brew tastes more like cognac or wine than an ale. The cherry is very prominent and can have a strong bitterness. It’s a complex flavor your palette will enjoy more after each sip.

What are our final thoughts about Dreams Are Free?
Red Lama has lured us in with their Neo-psychedelic, shoegaze sound. The vocals are creative and help give the album its character. The music is very imaginative as these guys are stellar musicians. Give this one a spin, you’ll find yourself engrossed and intrigued by the third track.

Band Members:
Johannes Havemann Kissov Linnet: Vocals
Morten Kaas: Organ, harmonica and other effects
Marius Havemann Kissov Linnet: Drums
Frederik Randrup Hansen: Bass
Jonas Harboesgård Rahbek: Guitar
Oliver Asbjørn Fick: Guitar
Niklas Sjøbeck Jørgensen: Percussion

Tracklist:
1. Inca 07:38
2. Sonic Revolution 06:27
3. The World is Yours 04:07
4. Mont Ventoux 04:13
5. Dar Enteha 05:2
6. Mekong River 06:02
7. Dalai Delay 09:58

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