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The Stevenson Ranch Davidians
Psalms, Hymns, & Spiritual Songs
(self-released)
www.thestevensonranchdavidians.com


If you can remember way back to the early 1990s then you can maybe remember a now mythic time in music when young bands were fusing the sounds of The Velvet Underground with a host of wild influences. One of those bands was called Spiritualized, and before Jason Spaceman dropped once more into a haze of drug induced psychedelia he released an amazing record called Lazer Guided Melodies. It was filled with softly strummed acoustic guitars and meandering lead guitar lines over gently played drums and solid bass lines. It was, in a word, perfect.

Psalms, Hymns, & Spiritual Songs is the long-lost twin brother of Lazer Guided Melodies. This collection of songs by this now unknown band will hopefully open them up to a host of fans, folks who like a bit of softly strummed folk with their relaxed psychedelia. That is me, and maybe you. Songs like "Getting By", with its clear guitar lines and drowsy melody, and "Better Day", which introduces a bit more shoegaze into the sound paired with a brilliant almost Snow Patrol melody line, are sure to be with a listener for a long time. The tracks have a slight bit of melancholy in them, the lyrics somewhat hidden with lush reverbs, but the guitars sparkling and jangly. "Inbetween Everything" gets a J. Spaceman vibe started early, and drones along in a blissful way for a fantastic six-minute spaced-out jam before the country grime of "Don't Get Hung Up". I've never led you astray, but if you doubt me for one second, take a quick listen to the psych anthem "Beginnings And Ends" for a slice of the perfect sound that this band purveys… trembling organ underscores the brilliant Britpop guitar and sexy, slow drumming.

The songs on Psalms, Hymns, & Spiritual Songs are charming, like a Southern gentleman come calling on a Sunday afternoon, and smooth like the best Irish whiskey. Fans of dreampop and shoegaze would do well to take a fair listen to The Stevenson Ranch Davidians… there are moments of Perishers, Slowdive, My Bloody Valentine, Ride, and dare I say, The Jesus And Mary Chain. This is a fantastic collection of songs that will softly lull you into whatever state you wish to aim for… I'll take mine dreamy.

-Embo Blake


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