Lucy Arnell’s first album, The Whole Sky Turned Red With The Rainbow, is a beautiful, refreshing dose of West Coast psychedelia.
The melodic journey takes listeners through a soaring dreamscape of consciousness, blending the classic sounds of the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane, the Allman Brothers, and Neal Young with a unique modern flair.
The album begins with “Dr Captain,” a marvelous experimental folk tune with heartfelt vocals and a supreme balance of organic sound and effects. “Crazy Moon” is one of my favorite tracks on the album. The thick groove pocket blends perfectly with bluesy guitar, which at times is almost akin to classic Grateful Dead jams.
Arnell showcases her impeccable ability to fuse southern rock and blues with a pinch of California zest, specifically in tracks like “Houseguest” and “The Ones You Love.”
Other songs such as “Carolene” and “Sans-Souci” showcase her grittier side with edgy guitar riffs and extra crunchy jams. With the help of Jon Fishman (Phish) on drums, the final track, “Fatal Folk,” carries the strongest groove on the album. The flawless rhythm enables superb melodic exploration throughout the track, with numerous notable keyboard solos.
Overall, the album was a great ride from start to finish, and I definitely look forward to seeing Arnell’s work in the near future.
EVERY TUESDAY – The Groove Orient @ Tanqueray’s
9/12 Zappa Plays Zappa @ The Plaza
9/17 El Ten Eleven @ The Social
9/23 The London Souls @ Hard Rock
9/25 That1Guy @ Backbooth
9/26 The Heavy Pets & The Groove Orient @ RedLion
9/30 Alt-J @ Hard Rock
10/3 The Groove Orient & The Main Squeeze @ The Social
10/5 D’Angelo @ House Of Blues
10/9 Here Come The Mummies @ The Plaza
10/10 Drive-By Tuckers @ The Plaza
10/14 Particle ft. Allen Aucoin of the Disco Biscuits @ The Social
10/15-18 MagnoliaFest ft. The Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Avett Brothers, The Del McCourt Band, and many more @ Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park
10/30-11/2 Hulaween ft. The String Cheese Incident, Pretty Lights, Primus, Chance the Rapper, Odeza, Slightly Stupid, and many more @ Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park