Ivy Garden of the Desert - "Docile"
From Aural Innovations #43 (October 2011)
Musically this new band from Italy have the feel of Colour Haze but not the Colour Haze/Kyuss sound like Machine, Sungrazer, etc, and without the guitar solos and the singer sings a bit like the guy from Samsara Blues Experiment. The album is 4 long tracks in 38 minutes. The opening instrumental number starts slow and a bit spacey with some delay on the bass which sounds really cool. At 3 1/2 minutes the heavy stoner rock riff kicks in and the band takes off and rocks. Track 2, Enchanting Odyssey, is mostly instrumental and features a nice melodic guitar section (simple melodic lines repeated over and over, no real guitar solo). Hang Glider starts with some acoustic guitar and violin to change things up a bit. The mid section of this cool melodic track features some conga drums as well. The closing track is just called I. It is over 10 minutes and starts off pretty heavy and intense but still maintains its melodic line. This is a pretty cool album that is mostly instrumental and grows on you with repeated listens.
For more information you can visit the Ivy Garden of the Desert web site at: http://www.myspace.com/ivygardenofthedesert
Visit the Nasoni Records web site at: http://www.nasoni-records.com
Reviewed by Scott Heller