Sunday, 1 July 2018

Sun Dial ‎ “Acid Yantra"1995 UK Psych Space Rock


Sun Dial ‎ “Acid Yantra"1995 UK Psych Space Rock
Sun Dial "3.000 Miles” 1995  {HQ} on google+
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Sun Dial. “Apollo”.  1995 (HQ) on google+

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Sun Dial  "Fly Into  The Sun" 1995 (HQ) on google+

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Since radio stations insist on filling their airtime with endless repeated playings of Smashing Pumpkins, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Led Zep etc..Bands like Sundial get passed over. And its our loss. I came by Sundial’s “Acid Yantra” by accident. Finding “3,000 Miles” on a compilation CD. A 30 second Amazon.com clip convinced me to take a chance on this CD. It hasn’t left my CD player for 3 days. My favorite track is “Nova”. A seven minute masterpiece that disolves into a Pink Floyd-like “Set the Controls to the Heart of the Sun” and then into a guitar solo that Jerry Garcia would be proud of. Do yourself a favor a get this CD. There is not one bad song on it and repeated listenings will bring repeated pleasure….William J. Rauba….~


Sun Dial is the vehicle of guitarist and singer Gary Ramon, who started recording in the eighties as The Modern Art. He changed the name to Sun Dial when forming his live band. As Ramon’s cohorts came and went, Sun Dial’s style changed, yet it remained rooted in late sixties psychedelia and often focused on the guitar work. Many of the band’s indie label releases came as collectable limited editions and were re-released over the years; they also recorded and released multiple version of several songs. 
The first Sun Dial album, “Other Way Out” (1990), copied the sound of the late sixties perfectly and is still celebrated as one of the best examples of neo-psychedelia. After that, Sun Dial recorded some simpler, harder, noisier tunes, which only saw a belated release on the Album “Return Journey” (1993). On the “Overspill EP” (1991) the band came up with dreamier sounds which connected them to the current indie trends. Shoegaze- and space rock-influences shaped the album “Reflecter” (1992), which also had a track based on a drumloop; Sun Dial further delved into electronics for the “Fazer EP” of the same year. They moved to Beggar’s Banquet and had their most commercial outing with “Libertine” (1993), built upon dance grooves and catchy rock riffs, yet not completely abondoning psychedelia. “Acid Yantra” (1995) was an attempt to return to the band’s roots, yet it lacked the outstanding tunes and underground charm of their early records. Gary Ramon brought Sun Dial to a halt but started releasing records again with a new line-up in 2002. 
In 2010, they released a 20th anniversary 2-CD anthology, Processed For DNA, via Shrunken Head, their own imprint with Cherry Red, before returning with a new eponymous studio album…..~


Sundial are a three-piece band who are clearly very much in love with the sounds of the 60s and it’s not difficult to hear the influence such bands as the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Pink Floyd and others of their era have had on them. 

You know the cliche about wannabe rockstars posing in front of their bedroom mirror playing along to guitar solos on their tennis rackets? Well, listening to “Are You Supernatural?” makes me think that Sundial’s guitarist Gary Ramon probably drenched his raquet with lighter fuel and set it alight too… ala Jimi Plays Monterey. It shows a lot of dedication when a fan goes all out to play like their heroes, but this guy even goes as far as getting the same incidental rumblings and feedback intro as Hendrix did at that famous show! Unfortunately, while he matches the tone, the songwriting isn’t a patch on Hendrix himself. 

Random notes: “Red Sky”, opens with a gentle “Wind Cries Mary” echoey guitar and filtered vocals before jumping in with its heavy fuzztone chorus. “3,000 Miles” combines acoustic guitar with spacey synth-like tones. “Bad Drug” is more aggressive, with an almost Stooges-style riff. “Rollercoaster” is funky. 

The most successful track for me is “Nova” with its “2000 Light Years From Home”-style haunting Mellotron strings. This song is more freeform than the others and allows the band to do what they do best… play the music and not worry about having a structured “song”. There are flutes and a heavier section that reminds me of 1969-era Alice Cooper, and is the sort of track you can get caught up in. In fact, though it segues into the closing “Yantra Jam”, you hardly notice the join - it just seems one long flow of music. In conclusion, if you’re a fan of ‘60s psychadelic bands, you’ll probably be a fan of this album.“…~






Credits 

Artwork – Sav X 
Bass, Percussion – Jake Honeywill 
Drums, Tabla, Bells, Cymbal, Shaker, Vocals – Craig Adrienne 
Electric Guitar, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals, Mellotron, Electronics [Tone Generator] – Gary Ramon 








Tracklist 
A1 Red Sky
A2 Apollo
A3 3,000 Miles
A4 Are You Supernatural?
A5 Bad Drug
B1 Fly Into The Sun
B2 Rollercoaster
B3 Nova
B4 Yantra Jam 







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Sun Dial “Made In The Machine” 2016 UK Prog, Space,Kraut Rock 
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Sun Dial “Other Way Out”1990 UK Psych Rock debut album

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