Vincent's Ear - Surrender
Having been hip to Vincent's Ear since their previous album "Coming Down" which was released a whole decade ago, I decided to look them up and see what happened to them. Low and behold they are still alive and well, and have recently released another offering to whoever is lucky enough to hear it. The new album entitled "Earth to Space" is just that, a molten journey from the center of the world, to the outer-most regions of space, with no pee-break.
Staying true to their previous work, "Earth to Space" mixes the desert fuzz of bands like Kyuss and Fu Manchu, along with jazzed-out, psychedelic, saxophone and keyboard interludes. Keeping things really interesting and unexpected. Also worthy to mention the whole album was recorded by Scott Reeder (of Kyuss fame) at his studio, The Sanctuary. As far as the production goes, it sounds really well done; it's got a great raw but real vibe to it, which I never get tired of. The whole disc flows really well from start to finish; I never had the urge to hit the skip button once. Standout tracks include the homage to Hollywood: "Starlite Afterglow" and the lumbering chug of El Oscuro N.T.
Vincent's Ear is another band that has flown beneath the radar for most people, I think, and are definitely worthy of some praise. With "Earth to Space" they have taken their game up a notch, and managed to create something truly memorable here. Unplug from hyper-sleep, fire up the rocket engines, and plug into "Space".
Reviewed by Adam Walsh