ver four years since All (2008) and two years since recording started, it’s hard to believe that She Said, the new album by stoner/heavy psych masters Colour Haze is here! It’s been a long, gnarly road for the band to get to its completion. Original plans was for a February 2011 release, until a January press release revealed that there were defects in the recordings and they would have to re-record most of the album. When I wrote the Colour Haze: Kings of Stoner/Psych Rock Mountain piece in March, I had high hopes the album would be out by summer! A September 2011 release date came and went, and Stefan Koglek’s update discussed issues with the mixing board, part of their newly built home studio.
Sweet anticipation starts to become something else.At that point, us hardcore Colour Haze fans just had to take a breath and realize it’ll come when it comes. Meanwhile, as lot has happened in the heavy psych/stoner scene since 2008. After nine increasingly brilliant studio albums, the band’s influence became truly entrenched. While no one could really duplicate Colour Haze’s tones, you could hear their influence in Sungrazer, Causa Sui, The Machine, My Sleeping Karma, Hypnos 69, Arenna, and many more. They are all great bands that I listen to often, but Colour Haze remains by far my favorite because their music is so incredibly rich, despite normally sticking to a simple mix of guitar, bass, drums and occasional vocals. Every listening session feels like a journey, evoking geography such as deserts, mountains, oceans, whether imaginary or from experience and memory with all its inherent emotional triggers. Unlike some bullshit psychedelia that would sound empty without the enhancement of substances, Colour Haze’s music can plant the imagery in your brain using nothing but sound. To me, that’s truly psychedelic. And at their best, the songs have as much emotional impact as the melancholy music of Australian band The Dirty Three when they were at their peak in the mid-90s.
After the more typical sounding, but still satisfying “Rise,” the epic double album closes in brilliant fashion with “Grace.” Starting with some acoustic guitars and a gorgeous string arrangement, some psychedelic backwards guitars are layered in as the song begins to resemble a snaking moebius strip. Just after the seven minute mark it reaches the thermosphere where it gracefully floats amidst the auroras before descending down to the mesosphere and turns into a glowing meteor. Wow. I don’t usually feel it’s necessary to give a rundown on nearly every song, but on my last listen on headphones, I just got lost in it and kept on writing. She Said certainly merits it, being not just the best album of the week, but very likely of the year.
From; Fast 'n' Bulbous