Over the course of three albums, Cincinatti’s Pomegranates have impressed with their experimental take on 1960’s psychedelia. For their latest venture, rather than release a “proper” album, the group have joined together two five-track EPs and roped in the talents of friend and touring partner Caleb Groh.
This kaleidoscopic collection of songs begins beautifully thanks to the lazy, languid charm of ‘Softness’. Warm summery guitars bask in the sunshine with a heartache of a vocal from Groh. ‘Catatonic Crown’ continues the warm, sunshine feel but ‘Yeah’ could be defined as being a bit too lazy given that the only word in it is the title whilst the song itself sounds like an elongated outro to a live performance. Normal order is restored with a track called ‘Jesus’ (and the group make it sound heavenly too), whereas the distorted howls underpinning ‘Western Skies’ offer a more aggressive but no less effective viewpoint.
The “album” then segues in to the sonic adventure of ‘Chestnut Attic’ which starts with the self-explanatory instrumental ‘Track One, In Which Pomegranates Has A Very Good Dream’. ‘Cleveland Street Blues’ sounds like a Bob Dylan pastiche, with even the trademark nasal whine and harmonica on display. Then the demonic percussion and jungle howls for ‘Same Skies’ summon up images of witch doctors on remote islands so it’s almost a relief when the gospel/country finale ‘Take A Little Time’ ends the record.
Although there is a distinct difference between the traditional song-based values of ‘In Your Face Thieves’ and the wild invention of ‘Chestnut Attic’, the EPs actually flow together quite seamlessly. Who knows that they will come up with next time.
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