Saturday, 6 January 2018

Weedpecker - III (Album Review)


Release date: January 05th 2018. Label: Stickman Records/Soulfood. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

III – Tracklisting

1.Molecule 07:05
2.Embrace 08:59
3.Liquid Sky 06:33
4.From Mars To Mercury 10:36
5.Lazy Boy And The Temple Of Wonders 08:50

Members

Wyro-guitar & vocal
Bartek-guitar & vocal
Mroku-bass
Falon-drums

Review

Happy new year folks! This 2018 cannot start better than reviewing the new stunning album of one of my favorite bands, Weedpecker!

After their self-released masterpiece album, II, my favorite of 2015, these extraordinary musicians from Warsaw (Poland) come back with III (Stickman/Soulfood), their last colossal effort. 

After 3 years of waiting, Wyro (guitar & vocal), Bartek (guitar & vocal), Mroku (bass) and Falon (drums) give us 40 minutes of pure ecstasy that literally leaves unarmed.

The care with which Weedpecker have packed this little gem is something that many bands (including mine) that today call themselves seventies, hard-rock, psychedelic, stoner, etc. should take into account, and keep it as a rare thing.

There is nothing wrong with this album. The structure of the songs, the sounds that travel halfway between the 70s psychedelia and old-fashioned stoner, the production, the voice, the masterful use of synths and effects.

Clearly, the 70s psychedelic imprint remains the strong point of Weedpecker, who managed to mature so much their sound over the years to obtain their own compositional and musical identity.

III is, perhaps, slightly less 'stoner' than his predecessor, whatever wants to represent, today, the term itself. During the 40 minutes of III, the listener is literally kidnapped and, in the end, you only want to start over and over and over.

I rarely get so excited about a record. Of course, I'm one that does not remain indifferent to beautiful music, but here, guys, we are faced with an album that, if it came out in 2017, would be in the top- of anyone with a minimum of musical taste.

I do not want to dwell on the tracklist or which track is cooler than the other. I rarely judge albums piece by piece. It is not in my ropes. I normally led to an overall listening of things, because a record, in my opinion, should be evaluated as the sum of all the parts.

And here, ladies and gentlemen, we are facing a band so mature that, I'm ready to bet, III will be a point of reference for years to come. For now, it is the soundtrack of my soul.

Words by Bruno Bellisario

Thanks to Weedpecker for the promo. III is available to buy on CD/DD/Vinyl via StickmanRecords and Soulfood now.

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