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by Heavy Water Experiments

Former "Imogene" debut album, re-released by Heavy Water Experiments. Eclectic avant-pyschedelia with funky, heavy, and mellow styles. Album reviewed internationally: please see "Press" at http://www.heavywaterexperiments.com.
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
(Please scroll down for international press reviews.)

DESCRIPTION:

Here are a few words about the re-release of the band's former debut album. Because of the band's name change a few years ago and other reasons having to do with sleazy music licensing and distribution companies, this album was removed from digital circulation. Since then, it has been remixed and remastered, with a few improvements added. But, basically, it is the same strong album that garnered copious international praise during the time of its release.

What's it like? It has more of a pop quality to it than the official HWE debut, with both heavy bass tracks and guitar-oriented funky tracks. It includes the single-oriented track Sunny Day Child, which was used for the band's first video, and it also included the ultra psychedelic track Wormwood Raindrops, for which a video was also made.


PRESS REVIEWS:

(These reviews come from the original release of this album, when the band was called "Imogene.")

US album review May 2008
Racket Mag (www.racket.mag)
“…if you’re looking for a unique sound for all your stoner rock needs, here you are…”

US album review April 2008
Punk News (www.punknews.org)
“…if a band ever deserved the ‘stoner rock’ label, it would be these guys…the grooves beg to zone out to, and the smooth drifting vocal melodies won’t harsh your mellow….unique instrumentation…Pink Floyd and Yes come to mind, and the swimming vocal effects recall the most psychedelic of the Beatles’ fare…”

France abum review March 2008
Acid Dragon (www.acidrago.club.fr)
“… dark psychedelic rock…an intriguing collection of melodic rock and is
well worth a listen…”

US album review (February 2008)
Prognaut (www.geocities.com/prognaut)
“While the band has quite an experimental side, they also have an accessible side…in a perfect world, they would get heavy rotation on radio and video stations…equal parts art, pop, prog, psych, and alternative. I would recommend this debut release to fans of modern progressive rock…”

Uzbekistan album review (January 2008)
Progressor (www.progressor.net)
“The arrangements seem to mesmerize the listener…the fist seven tracks all burst out of the speakers, like convulsions of nature…tight and rhythmically complex…enough individuality to keep from falling into the category of imitators…quality modern mainstream Prog Rock…”

Belgium album review (January 2008)
Entrepot (www.l-entrepot.blogspot.com)
“…unmistakably a rock band, but with a unique sound…very groovy and heavy…stoner rock and hippie rock find each other on this freaky CD. Listen to their unique sound yourself…”

US album review (January 2007)
Progressive Ears (www.progressiveears.com)
“…just listen to any random song, and you’ll hear something different. That’s the key success of this album. It manages to reference a lot of well-known and well-liked bands and musical styles, and then combines them in interesting manners to create compact, concise songs that work well together.”

Finland album review (November 2007)
Psychotropic Zone (www.unimeri.com/PsychotropicZone/index.html)
“…Worth checking out! Heavy, emotional and melodic…exquisite and gorgeous electric piano melodies and amazing vocals…The production is superb…the rhythm group creates a hypnotic feel and the harmonious vocals work extremely well too. I really like the singer’s voice! This is an excellent album in every way… this band could really make it in the indie market…”

Poland album review (October 2007)
MLWZ (www.mlwz.ceti.pl)
“…bits of pop, modern rock, funk, reggae, as well as fusion…it truly is difficult to pinpoint their style of music…very intriguing…the music of this band pulls you in…innovative solutions and modern tones that will leave you with a great deal of satisfaction…”

Germany album review (September 2007)
Jogi’s Prog Review (www.yogi-progforum.de)
“they are not slight fare…those who like stoner rock should definitely check out this band…”

US album review (September 2007)
Reviewer Mag (www.reviewermag.com)
“…This is some way-out-there shit, man. I dug it from the very first listen…the only place they should be played is on a college radio station, one that is run by students, not a corporate pretend one - otherwise they'd be totally ruined and the greatness, the outer-world, magic aura about them, will be destroyed…they really have blown my mind…I didn't think that there was anyone out there making any truly original contribution to indie rock music…when something like this record comes along I must make a big fuss about it…a groovy flavor that lasts and lasts and lasts…”

Serbia album review (September 2007)
Barikada (www.barikada.com)
“Very interesting and unusual…an original act that simply must get special attention…”

UK album review (August 2007)
DPRP (www.dprp.net)
“Refreshingly original…a few of the tracks could be modern pop songs, if modern pop music was at all concerned with actual musicians…an interesting, compelling release…a unique sound and approach…”

Italy album review (July 2007)
Versolafine (www.vesolafine.it)
“…a thick, warm sound…an obscure halo, a dense and opaque atmosphere…dreamy and surreal…”

Belgium album review (July 2007)
Proggnosis (www.proggnosis.com)
“…They are unique…their music is groove-orientated, yet they sound heavy, deep and moody…if you like Psychedelic Progressive Stoner Rock, then you can buy this album blindfolded…”

US album review (June 2007)
Music Street Journal (www.musicstreetjournal.com)
“Whether you call them prog or not, one thing's certain: Imogene have created a unique sound that has a great sense of melody and style. The retro styling and unique perspective are another touch that makes them standout. Whatever the combination or the reason, these guys rock!”

Germany album review (May 2007)
Home of Rock (www.home-of-rock.de
“…Psychedelia with alternative, stoner, and neo-garage influences give a basic atmosphere
reminiscent of a funky version of Morphine…songs such as “Paper Dolls’ or ‘Happy Commuting’ are downright hypnotic with their dark and psychedelic direction…making film scores would make a rather promising project for this band…”

Brazil album review (May 2007)
Progressive Rock Brazil (www.progressiverockbr.com)
“…Two bass players, one with tons of distortion and a singer from hell? They used to call it ‘Indie Music,’ but I think it’s more like new metal meeting the jazz players from the L.A. underground. ‘Seraphim’ would be an excellent terror movie song, while ‘Dark Room’ has an interesting pop idea that I really liked…open your mind and go into the madness of Them…”

France album review (May 2007)
Progressive Waves (www.progressivewaves.com)
“…An original dish that will delight even your most difficult friends—the same ones that long ago swore by St. Syd Barrett and St. Jim Morrison that nothing good has been recorded since 1973… it’s with great indulgent pleasure that the first work of these Americans is savored…a rare pleasure, a real breath of fresh air in a musical landscape poisoned by conformity and mimicry of the old greats… subtle, refined, and perfect…”

Germany album review (May 2007)
Babyblaue-Seiten Prog Reviews (www.babyblaue-seiten.de)
“…when I say ‘laudable effort’ I really mean it…Heavy Water Experiments don’t simply try to be retro, but they assimilate modern sounds into their music…HWE succeed by including a consistent mixture of psychedelic influences into their music.”

Italy album review (May 2007)
Noize Italia (www.noizeitalia.com)
“…they stand out in the flowing magma of Los Angeles bands…both relaxing and aggressive at the same time…some deep riffs, a tribute to stoners everywhere blowing smoke in search of perfection…psychedelic, hard, groovy, and harmonious…the atmospheres evoked are very effective, even magical. We eagerly await a new disc…”

Germany album review (May 2007)
Eclipsed Magazine (www.eclipsed.de)
“…playful piano and flying organ carpets. The bass line in ‘Seraphim’ is pure genius. It even gets happy in ‘Wasteoids,’ which could have been composed by the Beach Boys…”

Italy album review (May 2007)
Extra Music (www.extramusic.it)
“…a rather original sound…a bloodline is evident to the Masters of Reality and Queens of the Stone Age - this might please indie music followers, but they are way more hip than that…flowing rivers of velvety fuzz, Hendrix-style…”

UK album review (April 2007)
Lost Noise Magazine (www.myspace.com/lostnoisemagazine)
“A tie-die of retro keyboards and bass, they have their own sense of reinvention of the rock quartet…complex musical sculptures…a maze of Hendrix, fuzz, and smoke…”

Spain album review (March 2007)
Santo Dealer News (www.santodealer.blogspot.com)
“This is an ideal album for the skeptics, the pessimists, and those who believe that everything that came before is better…dark shades that transmit emotion in a grand manner…they are a one-way trip through a psychedelic tunnel…the love children of a marriage between Thom Yorke and Tommy Iommi…a degree of originality only the greatest can pull off.”

Netherlands album review (February 2007)
Mega Media Magazine (www.megamediamagazine.nl)
“They seem to have discovered the band in Belgium, and with good reason we think, because they are a rare band with a very original sound…”

Belgium album review (February 2007)
Rock Tribune (www.rocktribune.net)
“…dark-tinted psychedelic rock in which some stoner and garage rock seep through…the 8-string bass of singer/bass player Melbye takes the lead. He plays his instrument like a guitar and gracefully uses the necessary effect pedals with it. The songs are of a very good quality, very calm and simple in structure with a lot of attention to harmony and melody…very enjoyable…”

Belgium interview/review (January 2007)
Sounds Like (www.soundslike.be)
“Heavy, cracking, squelchy bass lines, dreamy vocals, feathery Fender Rhodes jazz chords. It works wonderfully well…”

Belgium album review (January 2007)
Prognose (www.prog-nose.org)
“… I hear The Doors, early Pink Floyd, a bit Queens of the Stone Age…early ‘70s style, very relaxing…you can hear lots of influences, still, it’s a very unique sound from a very unique band!”

Netherlands album review (December 2006)
Live XS magazine (www.livexsdigitaal.nl)
“…an introverted, scary way of making music…You can feel the tension…a perfect nocturnal record for creating nightmares.”

Netherlands album review (December 2006)
KindaMuzik (www.kindamuzik.net)
“…enough to torment your sound system's woofers…an ear-throbbing yet very funky foundation…the keyboards and dreamy, murmuring vocals ensure that the music stays accessible in a satisfying manner…a tasty album for the dark nights ahead…”

UK album review (December 2006)
Hard Rock House (www.hardrockhouse.com)
“…It’s certainly difficult to pigeonhole them…there’s a lineage that takes you all the way back to the psychedelic overtones of The Doors and Pink Floyd…the combination of the eight and four stringers gives the songs a very different feel…definitely a recommended release and also an intriguing prospect if you can catch them live…”

US album review (December 2006)
Lollipop Magazine (www.lollipop.com)
“These guys are from L.A., but must take trips to the desert…they should be from a hippy commune, or the desert, or the mountains. Some place away from the hustle and bustle, a place where you can smoke up and jam with your friends, a place where the bass can rumble and shake the bong you left on the cabinet…perfect to nod to, in a beanbag chair, staring at the lava lamp…”

Belgium album review (December 2006)
Mindview Magazine (www.mindview.be)
“…pretty fantastic…a cross between old heroes like Pink Floyd and Booker T. and more modern acts like Morphine and Radiohead, a new genre is born: Stonerlounge! This 4-piece keeps us floating on a mix from jungle, r&b, and psychedelia…they prove that you can chill out perfectly on rock music!!!”

Netherlands album review (December 2006)
Lords of Metal (www.lordsofmetal.nl)
“…They are deeply drowned in the druggy psychedelic era 1969-1972, and they developed these influences into slow, dreamy grooves and paced melodies…The band creates a relaxed, yet vaguely mysterious tension that’s somewhere between Pink Floyd, Morphine, and ‘80s neo-psychedelia…”

Netherlands album review (November 2006)
Planet Trash (www.planettrash.nl)
“…They aren’t your average rock band…a marriage between Tool and a funk band produced by Massive Attack—a really original sound that leans toward psychedelic…a beautiful relaxed album that is, in its own strange way, pretty heavy.”

Belgium album review (November 2006)
Progressive Homestead (www.progressive.homestead.com)
“…A very attractive rhythmically-driven fuzz bass, and often some Fender Rhodes or other keyboards, which is a relatively simple but powerful foundation for the songs…the songs have a lightness, with a catchy, sunny rhythm--a combination which makes an attractive balance in the group's sound…”

Belgium Album review (November 2006)
Sounds Like (www.soundslike.be)
“…A strange, psychedelic mood that conjures up an image of a smoky jazz bar around midnight… the gentle, hypnotizing voice of Melbye turns them into an exceptional band—the new masters of psychedelic stoner-prog-jazz.”

US album review (October 2006)
Stoner Rock Reviews Forum (www.stonerrock.com)
“…A band that does it right…there’s something magical about the sound that comes off of these guys’ combined twelve strings…The bass tones cooked up are thick and fuzzy, and the interplay between them is superbly done. The vocals and keys also play off the bass grooves extremely effectively. These guys have melodies to spare, and often employ harmonies with the vocals that jump out at just the right times. The drum work is right in the pocket at all times. The ace production ties it all together into one great package.”

US live review (August 2006)
Oklahoma Gazette (www.okgazette.com)
“They are proud of their instruments, and that confidence showed at their performance at the Opolis. Melbye played the 8-string bass in place of a lead guitar, plucking it more like a classical guitar than a lumbering 4-string bass…the warm timbre of the Fender Rhodes stood out and added to a sound that hailed back to psychedelic and proto-punk musicians of the ‘60s and ‘70s…”

US album review (August 2006)
Nightflying: The Entertainment Guide (www.nightflying.com)
“Dark and moody music this is…Most interesting.”

UK album review (August 2006)
Terrascope (www.terrascope.co.uk)
“Offering dark and angular guitar shapes, they have a fantastically messed-up sound on their self-titled album, which finds new ways of using familiar song structures…the rest of the album has a stoned groove running through it making for a highly enjoyable and coherent release.”

US/Euro album review (August 2006)
Losing Today (www.losingtoday.com)
“…a heavy psychedelic haze of low-end stoner-fuzz grooves that could act as the soundtrack to a 1973 party where a bong (and possibly your Black Sabbath and Pink Floyd records) is the guest of honor. The group displays some serious musical chops throughout…a band that rocks in a unique way…”

US weekly live pick (July 2006)
Kaffeine Buzz, Denver, CO (www.kaffeinebuzz.com)
“…soothing sounds of ethereal vocals…their sound commands attention while also playing as a canvas for serene fluidity…a delicate and dirty embrace of rhythm and rock.”

US weekly live pick (July 2006)
Las Vegas Weekly (www.lasvegasweekly.com)
“Shadowy electric piano rules this Los Angeles-based quintet's debut album, which fuses shoegazing spaciness and psychedelic-pop songwriting…”

US album review (June 2006)
Big Takeover Magazine, NYC (www.bigtakeover.com)
“…heavy groove, late '80s Manchester/Mondays stuff with harsh, intimidating, fuzzy guitar and trebly, mean bass, countered by nicer keyboards. Add some of the trippy acid casualty hangover of Kula with the trancy numbness of Floyd, Verve, and The Doors with early '70s organs (Rhodes, Wurlitzers, etc.), and Melbye's far-away vocals, and you have something worthwhile and unusual.”

UK album review (May 2006)
The Overflow Radio Network (www.theoverflow.co.uk)
"CD of the Week"
“Debut album from ultra-groovy alternative rockers. Plenty of emotion, shaken and stirred with various styles and rhythms…a new sound to be reckoned with!”

UK album review (February 2006)
Whisperin' and Hollerin' (www.whisperinandhollerin.com)
“…a complete pleasure from start to finish…the confluence of influences succeeds primarily as a result of the quality of the songs, coupled with the lithe and supple flow of the bands rhythm section…All 12 of the album's tracks are concise and accessible…they have their own unique voice…Overall, there is a seemingly effortless but affecting warmth to their music that soon envelops the listener, creating a vibe that is both comforting and long-lasting well beyond the album's close. A genuine listening pleasure.”

US album review (January 2006)
Exoduster (www.exoduster.com)
“They leave no doubt in your mind of their musical intent within the first thirty seconds… That intent is a heavy reliance on distorted bass and keyboards to drive the band to a quasi-stoner psychedelic experience.”

US album review (November 2005)
Baby Sue (www.babysue.com)
“They are a groovy band…melodic pop music infused with cool doses of R&B and psychedelia. Instead of sounding like any one band in particular, the tunes on Imogene sound like a hybrid of hundreds of other artists. Ultimately, however, this band manages to create their own sound by channeling their energies toward one common goal...to make quality music.”

US album review (November 2005)
Ear Candy Magazine (www.earcandymag.com)
“I have seven words for you: ‘groovy, riffed up, and tripped out ride’…a unique vision and musicality that is very refreshing…This disc is chock-full of some great melodies. The fluttering Rhodes keys, the doubling-up of bass lines and solid simple beats are great…some of the most original stuff I’ve heard in quite a while…a wonderful disc to chill with if you’re into having a fun psychedelic trip-out fest.”

US album review (October 2005)
Tastes Like Chicken (www.tlchicken.com)
“Come on and get funky with them! This CD is really groovy. It’s really laid-back, but heavy enough to keep you interested. When you play this CD, sit in a room with shag carpet and turn on the lava lamps.”

UK album review (August 2005)
Subba-Cultcha (www.subba-cultcha.com)
“…a drugged-up voyage into the depths of the unknown…The overall sound is dense, often leaving a pleasant dazed feeling after being fully embraced by the record…undoubtedly an ambitious debut…they have the potential to create something glorious.”

US album review (May 2005)
Clickspin (www.clickspin.com)
“They offer silky smooth retro-rock melodies and vocals with positive lyrics—a wonderful departure from many less hopeful contemporary bands. Production quality is superb, highlighting the refined vocal harmonies mirrored by excellent instrumental accents. Any selection on this 12-song CD could be a winner…”

US album review (February 2005)
The Phantom Tollbooth (www.tollbooth.org)
“…an experimental, psychedelic rock record with slight funk and R&B influences, with breathy lead vocals and keyboards scattered liberally over crunchy guitars and groovy melodies…It’s worth keeping a tab on this band’s development, especially if you enjoy psychedelic, alternative rock.”

UK album review (January 2005)
Dynamite Vision (www.dynamitevision.com)
“Heavy groove psychedelic rock with some funk roots. Pink Floyd meets Funkadelic? Radiohead meets Queens of the Stone Age? Maybe, but we think they are cooler than that. Sophisticated but edgy, emotive and passionate. Awesome.”

US EP/demo review (September 2004)
Aiding & Abetting (www.aidabet.com)
“…Most bands wouldn't dare sound this strange, but they make it work.”


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