The Bright Light Social Hour – Space Is Still the Place
Review By: Dan Chapman
As a journey into space launched from Texas, The Bright Light Social Hour’s second full-length studio release proves that “Space Is Still the Place” in psychedelic rock. After a five year wait from their last record, BLSH released a killer album that blends southern-rock, blues, psychedelic rock, and dance music. The large genre combination makes this one of the catchiest rock albums I have heard in 2015. Throughout the entirety of the album, synth player Edward Braillif dances behind and around the tracks as steady beats and crunchy riffs carry the songs. The album screams a wonderful mix of The Black Keys and Tame Impala, all while staying true to the BLSH sound.
BLSH seems to be the trailblazers in a new era of southern rock. This album is a representation of the possibility that a band can mix elements of modern and classic-rock era music and turn it into something great. The reverb-heavy vocals, synth, and pop drum beats all commingled form the perfect amount of shoe gaze and hard-hitting rock. This is a band I can get behind, especially after this release.
Tracks: 3, 4, 8
RIYL: The Black Keys, Tame Impala, Deerhunter