The limited edition Vinyl EP + CD album already sold out its 500 copies, and the CD album is availble to order from etchshop since April 27th. The official release date was postponed by two weeks to May 5th, so let’s jump on the bandwagon of praise for Stonephace and write yet another review.
For those who are wondering if it is any good, the answer is: yes, the album is quite good. The thing is actually very bloody good. For people who like their jazz dirty and smokey, the sounds of this LP remind me of Cinematic Orchestra on acid or stoned like shrimps (or both), with some extra fuzz & grit added. Beware though, the trippy drug association obviously failed to impair these lads’ musical skills, which means they can all be heard laying down some killer chops.
The videos released alongside this project are a perfect match for the trippy beats & melodies that can already be considered quite psychedelic in its own right. Watch all of them on the Tru Thoughts YouTube channel, who have also added some live videos. After having watched those, I guess the only correct conclusion can be the following: not only will you have to scrape out your wallet to buy the album, but their gigs cannot be missed either.
I’d say this is one of Tru Thoughts strongest releases of the year, especially in the category of artists that I had never heard of (in this case because they did not exist in this formation yet). I mean, the next Quantic album (under the guise Quantic And His Combo Bárbaro) will undoubtedly be very good, but I saw that one coming. The same goes for the much postponed Kinny album that finally saw a release recently. In conclusion: these guys, although most of them already have a lengthy recording history, I did not anticipate them to drop such a great album. But I really dig their music and as a collector I am slapping myself in the head for not being in time to grab one of the 500 Vinyl EP’s.