Hidden Masters - Of This & Other Worlds (IMPORT) (CD)
Catalog number: RISECD168
The Scottish trio, Hidden Masters, present their debut Of This & Other Worlds which boasts quirky, psychedelic beats teamed with rock guitars and harmonised vocals which highly represents rock of the 1970’s era and which are a rarity in the modern music charts of today. The band and the music never degenerates into just another carbon copy of an everyday indie band although there are similarities between Hidden Masters and The Kinks, The Beatles and The Stone Roses, their old school beats and rocky guitar chords set them apart from the rest because they display their 70’s rock style music in a blissful way with a consistency of obvious choruses, dreamy harmonies and upbeat tempos. Of This & Other Worlds is an incredibly strong debut album. Every song is as diverse and original as the next. The entire album rewards the listener with a gift of psychedelic, catchy and rocky songs that you just can’t help but listen to over and over.
Imagine Buddy Holly soundtracking The Quatermass Experiment and you have some indication of strange and wonderful realms of the imagination that we’re wandering into. It’s all too common to see records defined in science fiction terms, but this manages to marry the thrill of the unknown with that particularly British sense of absurd realism that featured so heavily in the work of Val Guest or Terence Fisher or Alan Moore’s League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. This is steam-folk that turns on a sixpence, produces magic out of thin air and darts off on its airship, bound for Mars. It’s also one of the finest, most unpredictable and most idea-rich collections of songs released this year.