Thursday, January 12, 2012

The Luck of Eden Hall Drops Butterfly Revolutions, Vol. 2

A companion piece to last year's acclaimed Butterfly Revolutions, Vol. 1, BRV2 once again proves that The Luck of Eden Hall is one of the most underrated psych outfits in Chicago.

TLOEH has been knocking around the windy city on and off since the late 80s. At one time, they were headlining Metro and sharing stages with Material Issue, Green and other local luminaries. In the 90s, they could count Jim Derogatis and Billy Corgan as fans. Last year's BRV1 has received universal acclaim and radio airplay (including WLUW) all over the world.

Butterfly Revolutions Vol. 2 picks up nicely where Vol. 1 left off (quite literally with that album's final track, "Queen Anne's Lace"). BRV2 has all of that song's beautiful, spaced-out moodiness.

BRV2 opens with "Metropolis," a psychedelic ode to Fritz Lang's silent film masterpiece of the same name. By track four, the wonderful "North Hampton Woods," The Luck of Eden Hall is channeling the best elements of The Dandy Warhols, circa Come Down. The midpoint of the album, "Henrietta Lacks a Smile," is absolutely stunning; a melancholy, piano-driven charmer. "Revolutions," the shortest track on the record, recalls Love and Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd. The ultra cool "We Are Not Self Control" benefits from dream time vocals and warm, fuzzy guitar. Album closer "A Drop in the Ocean," is epic space rock in the vein of Spiritualized.

The Luck of Eden Hall will be appearing on the Razor & Die show on WLUW tomorrow (Jan. 13) at 5PM CST. The official record release for Butterfly Revolutions, Vol. 2 will take place at Abbey Pub on Friday, Jan. 20. Tickets and more info here.

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