Sun 22nd June 2014
This 10" split, the first release from Crimson Eye Records, brackets together two bands from North Carolina, and serves as a welcome return of Solar Halos, who's self titled debut from the start of the year was so impressive and still gets regular plays here.
First up is Irata, a band new to me, with the nine minute Semjase. It's a delicate opening, the song seemingly building to a large heavy blow out, but one that never comes, instead settling along a stoner rock reading of Floor or Torche vibe. It's nice in it's subtelty.
Solar Halos deliver once again, showcasing their post-stoner broad pattern with their side of the vinyl, Of the Spheres / Mountains of Creation. Melancholic yet dreamy, it is utterly engrossing, closing your eyes with earphones in enabling you to transport yourself within it.
A fine release between bands sharing a common musical thread, restrained doom rock with a spacey-edge, never whimsical yet neverly overly intense.