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When the Clock Starts to Wake Up We Go to Sleep

by The Luck of Eden Hall

"a rather brilliant album the lovers of the paisley sound, psych pop, or just good music, will thoroughly enjoy." (Simon Lewis)
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11. Just Can't Compromise My Security
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Luck of Eden Hall presents
“When the Clock Starts to Wake Up We Go to Sleep”


The Luck of Eden Hall is back with a fresh blast of melodic, driving psychedelic pop/rock songs on homespun label, Myopic Records. Greg Curvey and Mark Lofgren present 13 interwoven songs for your listening pleasure. Ringing guitars, with strings, mellotron and sitar, this is a sonic world where the dreams awake and the time has come.


Check out standout tracks Mary Ann’s Dressed in Peace, Just Can’t Compromise my Security, Down in Mexico and Beautiful Girl on the Radio. The album can be purchased on CD BABY and downloaded on the iTunes site.


Long a staple of the Chicago music scene in the mid 90’s, The Luck of Eden Hall released a single and a compilation on Limited Potential Records (the original label of Smashing Pumpkins), one full- length album (the well received Belladonna Marmalade) and several EP’s on their own label, Walrus Records.


In the late 90’s, Greg Curvey’s solo project, the dense and heavy classic psychedelic Prog-Rock Par Crone, was released on Northport records, to positive reviews. Par Crone toured and played local shows until the century turned. Mark and Greg
reunited and began writing new songs for The Luck of Eden Hall
in 2002, ultimately releasing a comeback album, the critically acclaimed “Subterrene.”


See the bands websites (www.theluckofedenhall.com or www.myspace.com/theluckofedenhall) for more details and full lyrics, bios and song samples.


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DJ Astro

www.psychotropiczone.com
The Luck of Eden Hall is a band from Chicago, Illinois, playing amazing music that combines old psychedelic rock with modern rock music in a fine way. I have previously reviewed a couple of their other CD’s that I already liked a lot, but I must say that on this new album they have finally really succeeded superbly. This could be described as a perfect psychedelic rock/pop album. The music has a lot of 60’s spirit, but it doesn’t sound like it’s bound to any time period in any way. The band has succeeded to write a lot of really great songs and I really like all the 13 songs on the CD. There’s just the right amount of psychedelic elements in there to make the music mind-expanding in the true sense of the term, but the music still doesn’t get too freaky at any point or take the listener on a bad trip.Everything works on this album: the playing, the effects (there’s plenty of backwards guitar, for example), the vocals, the lyrics, the sound, the atmosphere etc. The music includes a lot of excellent, melancholic melodies and tender (also acoustic) moments, but it often also rocks pretty hard with heavy fuzz sound and in a quite energetic, up-beat style. It’s rather guitar-driven (plenty of great guitar solos in there for a change!), but the bass player and drummer are allowed to show what they can do, as well. There are also some keyboards and you can hear some Mellotron sounds in several songs, for example. Some of the influences the band have include The Who, David Bowie, Radiohead, Nick Drake, Love, The Beatles, Smashing Pumpkins, Beck, The Jam, Hawkwind, Igor Stravinsky and KISS… While listening to the harder psych rock pieces I’m often reminded of The Bevis Frond. It’s really hard to pick up any favorites from this album, but let’s say the opener, a psychedelic power pop number ”All Else Shall Added Unto You” has a lot of hit potential and it would fit in just perfectly to the next Psychedelica compilation, for example. Another really great, fast track is ”Beautiful Girl on the Radio” that has a slower, excellent chorus. The hazier and softer side of the spectrum is very nicely presented for example with the hallucinatory, dreamy ”She’s Using All the Colors”, and all the colors really are in use there… Also the two final ballads on the album, ”A Child in a Mine” and ”Sister Strange and the Stuffed Furry Things”, are totally awesome.In summary, When the Clock Starts to… is really top-notch stuff and one of the best albums I’ve heard for a while. So it’s absolutely worthwhile to get this masterpiece!

DJ Astro


The Luck of Eden Hall is a band from Chicago, Illinois, playing amazing music that combines old psychedelic rock with modern rock music in a fine way. I have previously reviewed a couple of their other CD’s that I already liked a lot, but I must say that on this new album they have finally really succeeded superbly. This could be described as a perfect psychedelic rock/pop album. The music has a lot of 60’s spirit, but it doesn’t sound like it’s bound to any time period in any way. The band has succeeded to write a lot of really great songs and I really like all the 13 songs on the CD. There’s just the right amount of psychedelic elements in there to make the music mind-expanding in the true sense of the term, but the music still doesn’t get too freaky at any point or take the listener on a bad trip.Everything works on this album: the playing, the effects (there’s plenty of backwards guitar, for example), the vocals, the lyrics, the sound, the atmosphere etc. The music includes a lot of excellent, melancholic melodies and tender (also acoustic) moments, but it often also rocks pretty hard with heavy fuzz sound and in a quite energetic, up-beat style. It’s rather guitar-driven (plenty of great guitar solos in there for a change!), but the bass player and drummer are allowed to show what they can do, as well. There are also some keyboards and you can hear some Mellotron sounds in several songs, for example. Some of the influences the band have include The Who, David Bowie, Radiohead, Nick Drake, Love, The Beatles, Smashing Pumpkins, Beck, The Jam, Hawkwind, Igor Stravinsky and KISS… While listening to the harder psych rock pieces I’m often reminded of The Bevis Frond. It’s really hard to pick up any favorites from this album, but let’s say the opener, a psychedelic power pop number ”All Else Shall Added Unto You” has a lot of hit potential and it would fit in just perfectly to the next Psychedelica compilation, for example. Another really great, fast track is ”Beautiful Girl on the Radio” that has a slower, excellent chorus. The hazier and softer side of the spectrum is very nicely presented for example with the hallucinatory, dreamy ”She’s Using All the Colors”, and all the colors really are in use there… Also the two final ballads on the album, ”A Child in a Mine” and ”Sister Strange and the Stuffed Furry Things”, are totally awesome.In summary, When the Clock Starts to… is really top-notch stuff and one of the best albums I’ve heard for a while. So it’s absolutely worthwhile to get this masterpiece!

Garwood Pickson

popism-music.com
THE LUCK OF EDEN HALL - When The Clock Starts To Wake Up We Go To Sleep (Myopic; 2009)
Just looking at the cover drawing of this album is an experience psychedelic enough, but those of you who make it to the listening part itself, is likely to find themselves floating through tangerine coloured haze on the back of a marshmellow cloud. Some of the reference points from the press release, such as Jane’s Addiction, Porcupine Tree or Screaming Trees, might be audible across a distant horizon of this musical trip, but it’s the genre defining, quintessentially British sounding late’60s psych that I’m hearing the most. Doesn’t the album title itself sound like something the Blossom Toes might’ve released between their two records? And couldn’t have song titles like ‘Cinnamon Mary And Her Skeleton Cane”, ‘Sister Strange And The Stuffed Furry Things’ or ‘All Else Shall Be Added Unto You’ graced the back cover of this same release? As for the songs themselves, some of the already mentioned, along with ‘Mary Ann’s Dressed In Peace’ or ‘Bus Stop Daisy’ could’ve made a perfect Britsike Rubble volume. On a more contemporary side of things, this should make waiting for another Bevis Frond or Lucky Bishops album much easier.

Gregory Winer

music lover
These guys are a wonderful breath of fresh air, and lend credit to the statement that Art is not dead. Very original, great hooks, well produced and crytic lyrics - and they're lovely blokes to boot!

Simon Lewis

www.terrascope.co.uk
THE LUCK OF EDEN HALL – WHEN THE CLOCK STARTS TO WAKE UP WE GO TO SLEEP
(CD from www.luckofedenhall.com )

The follow up to the excellent “subterrene”(2006), this album sees the band take their sound to a whole new level of enjoyment, containing 13 slices of prime time psych nuggets, each wrapped in a delicious candy floss coating, and riding some blistering, guitar fuelled, fairground rides.

Right from the off, it is clear that business is meant, a twisted guitar propelling “All Else Shall Be Added to You” out of the speakers and into your mind, some swirling organ and strings adding depth and just the right degree of strangeness. Next up, the short and groovy, “Mary Ann’s Dressed in Peace” has a great big Paisley heart, early Soft Boys meeting The Dukes of Stratosphear, which is heaven to my ears. Taking a more relaxed approach, “Old Man Realise” has a lolloping bass line and a wonderful soaring guitar, whilst the acoustic psych-pop of “Bus Stop Daisy” sound just like you think it would, including the backward guitar at the end.

Again played and produced by Gregory Curvey and Mark Lofgren, the album displays variety and depth, the duo letting the songs shine, effects judged to perfection and the playing maintaining a high level throughout, something evidenced on the full on guitar attack of “We Go To Sleep”, which is filled with manic energy and some frenetic fretwork. Or, you could check out the glorious vocals and lysergic melodies on “Cinnamon Mary and Her Skeleton Cane”, one of the albums finest moments, complete with chiming guitar and more excellent soloing, it just gets better and better. There is a hint of The Church on “The Time Has Come” (no bad thing), something not apparent on the much stranger “Beautiful Girl on the Radio”, the guitar sound rougher and the whole song having an “about to fall apart” feel to it. Things get stranger still on the slow burning acid drench of “She’s Using All the Colors” Joss sticks are recommended as you float downstream, blissful and grinning like the proverbial Cheshire cat.

Using backward guitar overload as its major weapon, “Down in Mexico” is a song that needs plenty of volume to bring out its qualities, but that’s alright as the sun will be shining and your windows will be open as you share the album with your neighbours, they will love it, honest. Demonstrating classic acid induced garage paranoia, “Just Can’t compromise My Security” is a burst of edgy noise, the drums rattling about inside the brain as choppy guitars creep through you veins. Gentler in construction, the drifting strings that run through “A Child in a Mine” add a slightly disturbing presence to the song, the lyrics re-enforcing the feeling.

Finally, the band put it all together for the six minute finale that is “Sister Strange and the Stuffed Furry Things”, a future psychedelic classic, sounding like the Beatles meeting Kevin Ayers, in a ruined house covered in sunlight. Well, something like that anyway, whatever it is an excellent way to finish a rather brilliant album the lovers of the paisley sound, psych pop, or just good music, will thoroughly enjoy. (Simon Lewis)

Simon Lewis

www.terrascope.co.uk
THE LUCK OF EDEN HALL – WHEN THE CLOCK STARTS TO WAKE UP WE GO TO SLEEP
(CD from www.luckofedenhall.com )

The follow up to the excellent “subterrene”(2006), this album sees the band take their sound to a whole new level of enjoyment, containing 13 slices of prime time psych nuggets, each wrapped in a delicious candy floss coating, and riding some blistering, guitar fuelled, fairground rides.

Right from the off, it is clear that business is meant, a twisted guitar propelling “All Else Shall Be Added to You” out of the speakers and into your mind, some swirling organ and strings adding depth and just the right degree of strangeness. Next up, the short and groovy, “Mary Ann’s Dressed in Peace” has a great big Paisley heart, early Soft Boys meeting The Dukes of Stratosphear, which is heaven to my ears. Taking a more relaxed approach, “Old Man Realise” has a lolloping bass line and a wonderful soaring guitar, whilst the acoustic psych-pop of “Bus Stop Daisy” sound just like you think it would, including the backward guitar at the end.

Again played and produced by Gregory Curvey and Mark Lofgren, the album displays variety and depth, the duo letting the songs shine, effects judged to perfection and the playing maintaining a high level throughout, something evidenced on the full on guitar attack of “We Go To Sleep”, which is filled with manic energy and some frenetic fretwork. Or, you could check out the glorious vocals and lysergic melodies on “Cinnamon Mary and Her Skeleton Cane”, one of the albums finest moments, complete with chiming guitar and more excellent soloing, it just gets better and better. There is a hint of The Church on “The Time Has Come” (no bad thing), something not apparent on the much stranger “Beautiful Girl on the Radio”, the guitar sound rougher and the whole song having an “about to fall apart” feel to it. Things get stranger still on the slow burning acid drench of “She’s Using All the Colors” Joss sticks are recommended as you float downstream, blissful and grinning like the proverbial Cheshire cat.

Using backward guitar overload as its major weapon, “Down in Mexico” is a song that needs plenty of volume to bring out its qualities, but that’s alright as the sun will be shining and your windows will be open as you share the album with your neighbours, they will love it, honest. Demonstrating classic acid induced garage paranoia, “Just Can’t compromise My Security” is a burst of edgy noise, the drums rattling about inside the brain as choppy guitars creep through you veins. Gentler in construction, the drifting strings that run through “A Child in a Mine” add a slightly disturbing presence to the song, the lyrics re-enforcing the feeling.

Finally, the band put it all together for the six minute finale that is “Sister Strange and the Stuffed Furry Things”, a future psychedelic classic, sounding like the Beatles meeting Kevin Ayers, in a ruined house covered in sunlight. Well, something like that anyway, whatever it is an excellent way to finish a rather brilliant album the lovers of the paisley sound, psych pop, or just good music, will thoroughly enjoy. (Simon Lewis)

Kevin Wallbank

www.psychedeliccentral.com
The Luck Of Eden Hall. Just the name of the band begs you to investigate further (google it and find out more about it's origin), add to that an album calling itself 'When The Clock Starts To Wake Up We Go To Sleep' and everything starts to become unclear.....fuzzy....and psychedelic. This latest album follows on from 2002's 'Subterrene' which heralded a return to the fray for the band after a ten year silence.

The band's take on the psyche experience draws on classic sounds mixed with the work of latterday bands mining the same rich seam to sometimes give you a dense rich tapestry of trance like songs that both drive and drift along at the same time, like 'She's Using All The Colours' and 'Sister Strange And The Shuffled Furry Things' and then a more straightforward, but gentler take on acid rock with classic psyche overtones like 'All Else Shall,Be Added Unto You' and 'Mary Ann's Dressed In Peace' is also evident. There are also some darker musings on 'A Child In A Mine' and a song like 'Old Man Realize' almost steps outside of the genre completely.

The Luck Of Eden Hall offer an interesting and absorbing journey into their psychedelic world. They arrange and layer some songs carefully, but also make a point of using simpler musical motifs elsewhere so that the sonic experience is varied and not ever tiresome for the listener. 'When The Clock Starts To Wake Up We Go To Sleep' is a successful mixture of old and new psychedelia very capably written, arranged and played, with careful production and crystal clear recording adding to a very satisfying listening experience.

Reviewed By Kevin Wallbank.

Stephan Schelle

musikzirkus-magazin.de
The Luck of Eden Hall - When The Clock Starts To Wake Up We Go To Sleep Myopic Records (2009) (13 pieces, 45:10 minutes) Since fluttered me a few days ago a CD from Chicago-born band, The Luck Of Eden Hall on the table. The CD carries the unusual title of "When The Clock Starts To Wake Up We Go To Sleep." Pillars of this band are guitarist Greg Curvey and Mark Lofgren bassist. Unfortunately, I can present to me from the documentation does not identify who the other musicians are. The band project is already the middle of the 90'er was years ago, but took a longer time out and then between the last album "Subterrene" from 2002 and the current publication several years have gone into the country.
Since the new album for me, the first musical contact with the cosmos sound of The Luck of Eden Hall is, I can to previous publications no statements. In the short press release about the CD is, however, that the music to psychedelic rock, and some critics the band with artists like Jane's Addiction, Porcupine Tree, Screaming Trees, Pink Floyd, Hendrix Experience compare. That made me curious times. "All Else Shall Be Added Unto You" is the first song of the album title and the class is already happening. A guitar and a wall psychedelic drums welcome the listeners of the album. When the singing starts, then not only psychedelic feelings, but I also evokes associations with the guitar-oriented bands like U 2nd But the use of land does not affect the synth Psychedelic but then again emerge from the background. This entry was already a really good time. With Mary Ann's Dressed In Peace "I have the feeling that in a time machine back to the late 60's or early 70's catapulted them. That sounds wonderfully retro, but with the technology of the new millennium recorded. With "Daisy Bus Stop" The Americans give us a very nice acoustic guitar number, towards the end by playing backwards guitars is still quite psychedelic. And also the other songs of the album keep the psychedelic style in a high quality is maintained, in the beautiful melodies with psychedelic sounds and extended solos connected. At one or another body to me even if I had desired, the pieces would be a bit longer. And with "Beautiful Girl On The Radio" is a real hammer song on the album, the radio would have good chances. The Luck of Eden Hall is with her new work is a really good psychedelic rock disc managed to just fun. What stylistic borrowings are also increasingly discovering believes, lies entirely in the contemplation of the listener. In my view, a very successful disc, which I recommend. Stephan Schelle, March 2009