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Subterrene

by The Luck of Eden Hall

Psychedelic modern rock, dense and melodic
Genre: Rock: Psychedelic
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2. Device
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3. Subterrene
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4. The Sabbath Day
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5. Glows
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6. Assyria
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7. Medicine
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8. Wherever Sends
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9. Very Large Array
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Some things take time. The Luck of Eden Hall is back with a new album, Subterrene. Band founders Greg Curvey and Mark Lofgren present ten interwoven acoustic/electric-infused psychedelic rock songs about love and death and medicine and space. Enjoy.

Greg Curvey

Seven years ago I went to India and had a soul wrenching experience. Upon return my Grandfather died. I decided to do something completely different, sold some of my guitars and Marshall amp, and starting practicing Martial Arts. I then got married and became a Father. My Mother, who had been living for some years in turmoil, contracted a terminal disease and stayed with my wife and I until she passed away. I am currently an instructor at the Degerberg Academy of Martial Arts (voted school of the year 2006 by Black Belt magazine), an artist for Bondy Studio (Architectural renderings), keeper of Gregorian Designs (Murals and Stenciling), composer of the theme song for Spatulatta.com (The site one a very prestigious award this year). A real jack of all trades and master of none. How can a person get anything done. Subterrene is all for you Mom.

Mark Lofgren

For a while I felt like I was finished making music. It was a passing phase, something I did when I was younger. Yeah, right. Happily married for eight years, working as a freelance video editor and teaching digital video at a design college, I started writing songs again with Greg, and dare I say it, got inspired by music again. I’ve also been working on two different novels, one about a guy in a struggling rock band (don’t know how I ever came up with that one). But the new songs never lost their appeal, and two years later here they are, recorded and mixed – Subterrene.


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DJ Astro

"This is a Marvellous album..."
The Luck of Eden Hall: Belladonna Marmelade/Subterrene
Walrus Records (WARS002)/Myopic Records (00000-0) The Luck of Eden Hall is a psychedelic pop/rock band from Chicago and they released their Belladonna Marmelade album originally in 1993 and called it a day soon after. After ten years’ hiatus the band is active again and the album was re-released. The band has also recorded some new tracks that are included on the excellent Subterrene CD. The band is formed of Greg Curvey (guitar) and Mark Lofgren (bass). On Belladonna Marmelade they also had a separate drummer. Subterrene also includes some analogue keyboards.After the short intro Belladonna Marmelade starts to rock in a quite heavy way. The track “Darling Dear” has an interesting chorus and some nice soloing in the end. “Mariead” is a Bevis Frond-styled slow number. Another rather slow one is “Madelaine’s Voyage” that has a pinch of grunge in it. The friskier, mid-tempo “Feel to Reel” is a good and nicely rocking track that faintly reminds me of Oasis. The album’s title track is a fast, okay rock piece. “Siren” includes cello too and is a beautiful, although at times heavier track with a great solo. The ending sounds really cool. There’s some superb fuzz on the cheery, a bit hard rock/Jimi Hendrix styled number “Take a Trip”. Especially the fast part works very well! “Lilywhite” is 80’s/90’s hard rock. ”Clock Solitaire” reminds me of Jane’s Addiction being somewhere in between hard rock and grunge. After a moment’s silence there are still some hazy and experimental freaky noises. A pretty good album.The guys have apparently grown and evolved a lot along the years, since Subterrene is light years ahead of their previous album. Now they have also incorporated lots of acoustic guitar and keyboards, and this album has a much richer sound, is more atmospheric and maybe also more psychedelic. “Baby Moon” starts off in a dreamy and soft way and the drums join in later on, as well. This is a pretty, rather psychedelic ballad. “Device” begins with acoustic guitar and vocals and is a rather slow and sad number. There is a great distorted guitar solo in the middle, and then it gets more peaceful again, and then heavier once again. The superb title track is a bit in the 60’s psych pop vein and includes orchestration and a nice solo. Towards the end the track grows into mind-expanding proportions. For the first couple of minutes of the song “The Sabbath Day” they go with just acoustic guitar and vocals, then the drums and bass join in. I guess the flute-like sounds are made with Mellotron. Opening up with some psychedelic noise, “Medicine” is petty pop with some nice keyboards, acoustic guitar and tremolo. A very good number! “Wherever Sends” is a beautiful, soft and acoustic track. The heady, a bit jazzy “Very Large Array” includes piano and string sounds. This rather peaceful, amazing track resembles Porcupine Tree a bit. The album finishes with the beautiful “Goodnight” that has acoustic guitar, string sounds, vocals and drums and fades out softly. This is a marvellous album that can be recommended for all those into atmospheric, psychedelic pop/rock.www.luckofedenhall.com
26.11.07 by Dj Astro

Psyche van het Folk

...a prefect outbalanced style with a pop/song based core...
The Luck Of Eden Hall : Subterrene (US,2007)****(4Stars) This group succeeds for me to find a perfect outbalanced style with a pop/song based core, expressed with rather progressive ideas and instruments. The songs are tastefully developed and sung slowly, to give space to harmonious echoes and combinations between effects, guitars (including a bit of fuzz) and analogue keyboards (including mellotrons), creating always warm well produced effects that, in an inspired emotional way, take part of the development of the compositions. In that way sounds harmoniously develop along the way in each song and composition, so that the general group sound always has a rather progressive development with it. One of the better post-rock sounds with the right taste for sound-based roots known from older prog/psych genres. (Psyche van het Folk, Online review, August 2007)

Simon Lewis, Terrascope

"...Consistently strong throughout....&...brimming with swirling psych magic..."
THE LUCK OF EDEN HALL – SUBTERRENE
( CD from www.luckofedenhall.com)

I was playing this album recently when my wife walked into the room and asked if this was a new Bevis Frond album, making me realise why I was enjoying it so much, as it displays the same mix of guitar frenzy, introspection and quality songwriting. Not only that but the vocal are certainly reminiscent of the Frond in their style of delivery, whilst analogue synths and a warm drum sound only add to the comparison.

Originally formed in the early nineties, the band reformed in 2002 resulting in this album which is brimming with swirling psych magic played and produced by Greg Curvey and Mark Lofgren.

After the reverbed and phased psychedelia of “Baby Moon”, the album lifts off with some dextrous guitar playing that levitates “Device” high in the clouds, a rippling flute adding shards of light to the tune. A poppier Steve Hillage vibe is created on the title track, the drums well up in the mix as the guitar drives through the song with reckless abandon, held together by huge washes of synths that reverberate across the room.

Consistently strong throughout, fans of Tyrnaround, Dukes Of Stratosphear, Reefus Moon, or Bevis Frond will not be disappointed, as the album is a hook-laden psych-pop classic with a wonderfully rich and warm production that tumbles out of the speakers with lysergic glee.

On the drifting “Whereever Sends” a west-coast feel is magically invoked, the instruments dancing around each other like sunlight on crystal, full of blissful thoughts. Finally the band take us home with the floatation tank happiness of “Goodnight” the perfect way to close this softly spoken trip inside your head. (Simon Lewis)