Author: Audiopile Records
Second (regular) edition with 3-panel-fold-out in inside-out-highgloss heavy cardboard and 2 x 180 gr. Over four years since ‘All’ (2008) and two years since recording started, its hard to believe that ‘She Said’, the new album by stoner/heavy psych masters Colour Haze is here! It’s been a long, gnarly road for the band to get to its completion. While ‘All’ dabbled with some subtle psychedelic production and even pop structures, the new one kicks off with the sprawling title track featuring piano playing by Christian Hawellek. Keyboards aren’t a completely new thing for Colour Haze, as Hawellek has contributed at least some Fender Rhodes on all the albums since the self-titled ‘Colour Haze’ (2005). However the string and horn arrangements are new. This is not to say that they’ve gone orchestral pop. Those elements, which also include some congas on the first track, are used sparingly but effectively, enhancing key moments on just a few tracks. While no one could really duplicate Colour Haze’s tones, you could hear their influence in Sungrazer, Causa Sui, The Machine, My Sleeping Karma, Hypnos 69, Arenna, and many more. They are all great bands, but Colour Haze remains by far your favourite because their music is so incredibly rich, despite normally sticking to a simple mix of guitar, bass, drums and occasional vocals.