Saturday 25 November 2017

Arcadian Child - Afterglow (Album Review)

Release date: November 01st 2017. Label: Various. Format: CD/DD/Vinyl

Afterglow - Tracklisting

1.She's On My Mind 02:56
2.Little Late For Love 04:16
3.Rabbit Hole 03:54
4.Electric Red 02:51
5.Irresistible 03:15
6.Run 04:54
7.Afterglow 03:39
8.Used 03:47


Panayiotis Georgio
Stathis Hadjicharalambous
Andreas Kerveros
Christos Dimou


Arcadian Child's debut album – Afterglow – is a weird sounding Psychedelic/Stoner/Hard Rock album with elements of Alternative Rock and Poppy sounds to make them stand out from the Psychedelic/Stoner Rock crowd. The band take influences from the legendary psychedelic sounds of the 60s and 70s but match it with a hard-rocking 90s alt-rock feel.

The opening few tracks – She's On My Mind, Little Late For Love and Rabbit Hole – offer delicious and dark twisted moments of 60s sounding Psychedelic Pop riffs but matched with a hard-edged Stoner Rock groove. The vocals are one of the main highlights of the album as they have elements of David Bowie running throughout them.

Second track – Little Late For Love – is a real pop-psych-stoner rock gem that many bands try their hands at these days. Some successful and some not successful. Though Arcadian Child is one the best examples I've heard in years. As they embrace a commercial pop/rock sound but still offer a more gloomy stoner based atmosphere.

Third track – Rabbit Hole – is another weird sounding musical oddity as the band create a dark and twisted love song. With heartfelt and painful lyrics that match the tender psychedelic sounds the band create here.

Other great songs to check out on the album are: Electric Red, Run, Afterglow and the excellent final song – Used. As Arcadian Child venture into more crazier psychedelic pop/stoner based sounds. This is a very hard album to describe but that's perhaps one of the strengths of this album. As it keeps you guessing which musical direction the band will turn to next. Maybe there could have been a few more songs on the album. As it feels too short and dare I say incomplete.

However Arcadian Child never outstay their welcome and their use of 60s/70s pop style progressive theatrics is bound to find a willing audience within the Psychedelic/Stoner Rock community. My final thoughts on Afterglow is that's a brilliantly entertaining and enchanting album that will hopefully find a bigger audience as possible.

Hopefully Arcadian Child's future albums will sound just as good as their debut album. Awesome stuff.

Words by Steve Howe


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