Monday 1 April 2024

The Lunar Effect - Sounds Of Green & Blue (Album Review)

Release Date: April 12th 2024. Record Label: Svart Records. Formats: CD/DD/Vinyl

Sounds Of Green & Blue - Tracklisting

Ocean Queen - 4:39

Flowers For Teeth - 2:42

Colour My World - 4:56

In Grey - 4:38

Middle Of The End - 4:21

Pulling Daisies - 3:48

I Can't Say - 3:48

Fear Before The Fall - 5:38

On The Story Goes - 5:47


Psych Stoner Rockers The Lunar Effect made a mighty impression with their 2019 debut album Calm Before The Calm. The record was a great mix of Psych Rock, Fuzz Rock, Stoner Rock and waves of Cosmic Rock which allowed the band to have a unique sense of heaviness of their own creation. Well, lightning has struck twice with their even more impressive second album Sounds Of Green & Blue which sees The Lunar Effect bring a sense of hedonistic style of 1970’s Hard Rock to the free-flowing 1960’s Psychedelic Rock world. 

The Lunar Effect explore the darker and doomedelic side of Freakish Psych Rock with waves of Fuzzed Up Stoner Rock and Frenzied Garage Rock all forming for quite an adventurous sound which you can feel the powerful impact on the opening tracks of Ocean Queen, Flowers For Teeth and Colour My World. These three tracks alone showcase the wide variety of different influences that the band use for this album, as you can hear influences such as The Doors, The Who, The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Led Zepp, Monkey3, Red Fang and Radio Moscow.

Though, don’t go thinking that The Lunar Effect doesn't bring their own creative energy to the party. As the whole album is full of highly original and slightly intense long drawn out instrumental jams which keeps the mood soulful, energetic and buoyantly heavy throughout.

There’s a sense of world-weary mysticism hidden within the band’s lyrics which gives an air of mystery to the band’s music especially with the EPIC vocals employed for the record. This is an album that has a classic rock energy whilst also becoming a thoroughly modern Stoner Rock record at the same time.

The album can be quite deceptive within its more quiet moments as you feel you’re witnessing a Post-Stoner groove before The Lunar Effect delivers an intense explosion of Blues Rock inspired Stoner Rock energy which is hidden throughout the majority of the tracks. The music can be quite seedy in places but the punishing blend of Cosmic Fuzz and Classic Stoner grooves allows The Lunar Effect to deliver some of the album's most standout moments which perhaps shine brightest within the second half of the record.

Other standout tracks include: In Grey,  Middle Of The End, Fear Before The Fall and  On The Story Goes.

Sounds Of Green & Blue is a pulsating record with first rate production values that allows this album to become an essential release within the UK Stoner Rock scene.

Excellent and Highly Recommended.

Words by Steve Howe

Thanks to For The Lost PR and Svart Records for the promo.

Sounds Of Green & Blue will be available to buy on CD/DD/Vinyl via Svart Records from Friday April 12th 2024.