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Butterfly Revolutions, Vol. 2

by The Luck of Eden Hall

"A companion piece to (the) acclaimed Butterfly Revolutions, Vol. 1, BRV2 once again proves that The Luck of Eden Hall is one of the most underrated psych outfits!"
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2. Complicated Mind
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3. Caroline
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4. North Hampton Woods
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5. The Ottoman Girl
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6. Henrietta Lacks a Smile
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7. Flowers
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8. Whither Fare Thou Be
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9. Revolutions
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10. Realization Loop
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11. We Are Not Self Control
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Time Lord Michalis

Timemachine Radio Show & Fanzine (Greece)
I can’t think of any US band playing the psychedelic pop 60s with such freshness and inspiration as Gregory Curvey and his band does. Just before the year (2011) of the Butterfly expired, the band from Chicago kept its promise and released the follow-up to Butterfly Revolutions, the promising Vol.2. The recipe remains quite the same, but without becoming boring either for just a second from the 41:08 of the album. Gregory (mastermind of LOEH) has the ability/privilege to create beautiful pop-psych tunes through a procedure that he calls it ‘Popped Psychedelic Rock and Rollism’ (sic!). So, what we have here are 12 songs full of 60s influences (from the Beatles and the Byrds to Stones and Love) filtered with today’s sound. A mix of melodic, dreamy psychedelically catchy tunes that sometimes becoming a little more heavier or rock-oriented, all dressed with nice vocals, interesting effects under a great musicianship. Album starts in a real smooth way with the lyrical & dreamy “Metropolis” but continues in a more speedy way with the more 70s-less 60s heavy rocker “Complicated Mind”. “Caroline” and “North Hampton Woods” are sweet psych-ballads that bring to mind the mellower moments of their homies (and good friends too) Smashing Pumpkins. It’s because of songs like “The Ottoman Girl” that make them the ideal band to open with “SF Sorrow is Born” the Fruits de Mer Tribute Compilation “Sorrow’s Children”. One of the best moments of the album follows, the late-Beatlesque “Henrietta Lacks A Smile” with a great use of piano and strings. “Flowers” and “Whither Fare Thou Be” are the rockier tunes here with a touch of psych of course. “Revolutions” acts like a soft & slow organic interlude, while “Realization Loop” increases the volume to high levels. “We Are Not Self Control” has a dreamy relaxing melody and album closes with my personal highlight, the psychedelically flavoured “A Drop In The Ocean”. Butterfly has spoken. Follow her Oracle!

Valis Hertel

Trip Inside This House
Butterfly Revolutions Vol. 1 & 2 "Best of 2011!"

Konstantin Bezzubov

A Tune of a Note: The Luck of Eden Hall
Psychedelic rock music came in many varieties from the late '60s onward, and it's admittedly difficult to give a definition of what it is. Instead, it's perhaps better to list the form's elements: hazy atmosphere, lyrics citing out-of-this-world (or skewed of-this-world, drug induced) phenomena, heavy, swirly guitars, and guys in Austin Powers costumes doing the boogie. Well, that last bit only applies to anything '60s British psych, like Cream, Hendrix, or early Floyd. And that era's haziness is different than, say late '80s/early '90s shoegaze psych revival haziness. So - even the elements of psychedelic music have changed through its arrival and resurrections, and we're left with the original issue of definition difficulty. Still, Chicago band The Luck of Eden Hall manage to hit all parts of the psych stew on their latest album, Butterfly Revolutions Vol. 2 (self-released, Oct. 2011). The twelfth or so record (the one before bares the same title in its first volume) to come out under the Eden Hall name shows the trio are no spring chickens. Eden Hall has gone through a few lineup changes since starting in the late '80s, but their ability to cover a large chunk of psych rock history in this latest release points to their cohesion. Listeners can judge for themselves what sticks, but you can't say the guys didn't do their homework. On the first level of classic psych adaptation , Vol. 2 takes cues from best of Cream jams, ("Flowers") and "Eleanor Rigby"-style ballads on "Henrietta Lacks a Smile"- here a less bouncy and ominous sound; more observant and reflective. The later strangely sounds better once you learn the back-story and any idea of the band trying to be cute falls away. Search and read up on a certain Henrietta Lacks; you'll be impressed by the play on words in the title and playful-yet-sincere logic in the lyrics. While this is all fine, the real nature of the band breaks out in songs like "Caroline," "Revolutions," "We Are Not Self Control," and the sprawling "A Drop in the Ocean." They all feature bits reminiscent of early '90s British invasion (yes...shoegaze again) band Ride, around the time of Nowhere or even heavy hitters on their follow-up Going Blank Again. "Drop" has a quick gear change of tempo spring following the second verse, and "Caroline" has a ragged guitar-heavy attitude. It's a little tricky to figure out exactly what this band is trying to get across and how they want to be perceived with all these influences. But repeat listens will expose their talent as a group whose seemingly best-of catch all music making philosophy is sure to please many.

Stephan Schelle- Musik Zirkus Magazine

The Luck Of Eden Hall – Butterfly Revolutions Vol. 2 Eigenvertrieb (2011)
Middle of this year was the first part of the "Butterfly Revolution" by The Luck Of Eden Hall came on the market and just before I reached the end of the second part of this two-part work. A dozen new songs, the band project of guitarist Greg Curvey and Mark Lofgren bassist housed on the second disc. Were you angry, you could argue that both disks have been well on a CD, because it put together the pieces of both parts to just over 78 minutes. But no matter.




Since the PromoCD this time no details were included, I'm assuming that besides the main actors and the musicians of the first CD are on board again.

In "Butterfly Revolution Vol 1", originally from Chicago, presented the band is a mixture of psychedelic rock, beat music and 60s pop. In the second part, they include a seamless continuation of this style. One would be the songs as well can imagine on a silver disc, because they exude the same atmosphere as The Luck Of Eden Hall on Vol 1 has already caused.

It starts with sitar sounds and the crackling noise at the beginning of the opener "Metropolis". Hereby give The Luck Of Eden Hall, the impression of a needle that is placed on a record. They lead the listener back at the beginning in the good old 60s and 70s. This has been very psychedelic at the very beginning, but later in the song with mellotron, beautiful guitar, and later supplemented by a crisp rhythm. This has something at the end of the psychedelic period of The Beatles.

It continues with the drifting pieces "Complicated Mind", which combines both the 60s as well as more modern sounds together. Even if you drift off stylistically far into the past, so the music sounds anything but dusty. This is simply intoxicating. As on Vol 1, I know many feel the music and it always surprises with new melodies and rhythms to be. The Luck Of Eden Hall have just the right blend of both worlds combined. A good example of this is sounding "Caroline" in which the guitars pretty modern, but as the song from another time.

Move through the acoustic guitar and vocals The Luck Of Eden Hall in the play "North Hampton Woods" again very strong in the vicinity of the Beatles. And the Fab Four (especially their psychedelic phase) sparkle, not only in this piece, but are also worshiped in other plays.

With "Butterfly Revolution Vol 2" The Luck Of Eden Hall has been successful to a good second part of Volume 1, published in the spring of 2011, which makes exactly as much fun and so relaxed, sounds like it did the first part. Who on the sound of 60's is a modern twist, this disc gets a good offer, but for my taste - has fallen somewhat short - as the volume of first

Radio One -Lee

The Luck of Eden Hall drops Butterfly Revolutions Vol. 2
A companion piece to last year's acclaimed Butterfly Revolutions, Vol. 1, BRV2 once again proves that The Luck of Eden Hall is one of the most underrated psych outfits in Chicago.

TLOEH has been knocking around the windy city on and off since the late 80s. At one time, they were headlining Metro and sharing stages with Material Issue, Green and other local luminaries. In the 90s, they could count Jim Derogatis and Billy Corgan as fans. Last year's BRV1 has received universal acclaim and radio airplay (including WLUW) all over the world.

Butterfly Revolutions Vol. 2 picks up nicely where Vol. 1 left off (quite literally with that album's final track, "Queen Anne's Lace"). BRV2 has all of that song's beautiful, spaced-out moodiness.

BRV2 opens with "Metropolis," a psychedelic ode to Fritz Lang's silent film masterpiece of the same name. By track four, the wonderful "North Hampton Woods," The Luck of Eden Hall is channeling the best elements of The Dandy Warhols, circa Come Down. The midpoint of the album, "Henrietta Lacks a Smile," is absolutely stunning; a melancholy, piano-driven charmer. "Revolutions," the shortest track on the record, recalls Love and Syd Barrett-era Pink Floyd. The ultra cool "We Are Not Self Control" benefits from dream time vocals and warm, fuzzy guitar. Album closer "A Drop in the Ocean," is epic space rock in the vein of Spiritualized.

The Luck of Eden Hall will be appearing on the Razor & Die show on WLUW tomorrow (Jan. 13) at 5PM CST. The official record release for Butterfly Revolutions, Vol. 2 will take place at Abbey Pub on Friday, Jan. 20. Tickets and more info here.

Mr. Atavist

The Luck of Eden Hall: Butterfly Revolutions Vol. 2
The Luck of Eden Hall open up to full wingspan on The Butterfly Revolutions, Vol. 2. Calling it a follow-up or a bookend to Vol. 1 seems a misnomer in both cases. A follow-up implies a continuation, and Vol. 2 is certainly that, but it also raises the unspoken whiff of repetition and ‘more of the same.’ The repetition here is of more top-shelf psych pop that doesn’t get bogged down in rehashed self-hoariness. The bar is still set high, high enough that your dessert tray just got fuller with the cookie jar still in reach. This time there are a few more bittersweet offerings than before for you to stick your fingers in and bite into. Bookend maybe, if you want to lump 1 & 2 together into some sort of concept outing, and there very may well may be one buried underneath LOEH’s layers of sonic icing, but that makes it more complicated than it needs to be. Right now, just grab another slice and dig in; we now have a double-layer cake to enjoy. That could very well be the concept right there, served with a touch more melancholy, but still going down as smooth as before. This time though, it may just wiggle that loose or overworked sweet tooth a bit as it goes down for a twinge to remind you why the high times seem a bit higher when you got some contrast…Vol 2. has your required allowance of contrast under the wrapper; there’s the rush of Complicated Mind or the hazy stomp of Flowers, backed up with dreamier cuts like North Hampton Wood or the piano-spined Henrietta Lacks A Smile. When you cave and grab that fifth piece of dessert, it always tastes good, but deep down you know it’s going straight to your hips… a little dash of poignancy makes it all the sweeter.

Why this revolution came in two parts we’ll have to find out later, but for now, indulge and enjoy the bounty. Rich as ever and still fat-free…that’s an elusive sweet spot that LOEH have their wings full wrapped around.

DJ Astro

The Luck of Eden Hall: Butterfly Revolutions Vol.2
Released just before Christmas, Butterfly Revolutions Vol. 2 continues splendidly where Vol. 1 released earlier in 2011 left us: longing for another fix of some of the best psych pop in the world right now! I’ve been a fan of this excellent band from the US since their resurrection in the mid 00’s and it seems they have a limitless amount of great tunes.

This 41-minute CD includes 12 tracks and one of these (”The Ottoman Girl”) has been previously released on the instantly sold-out EP on Regal Crabomophone (WINGLE 3). The band’s music has been influenced by several 60’s bands (The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Byrds, Love…) but there are also some similarities with ore recent music like The Smashing Pumpkins who they are also friends with. Anyway, The Luck of Eden Hall really knows how to write brilliant, melodic, catchy and beautiful pop/rock tunes! They might be at their best on the dreamy, soft ballads but these guys can also rock out with a bit heavier, fuzz-filled touch and at times they go into even highly psychedelic, hallucinatory worlds although the music mainly is quite approachable and even radio friendly in a good way. The soft, very pleasant vocals, skillful guitar work and really tight and capable rhythm section as well as the keyboards and effects they use when needed complete the compositions very close to perfection. It’s really hard for me to pick up any favorites from Vol. 2 but the last two tracks ”We’re Are Not Self Control” and ”A Drop in the Ocean” might be the most psychedelic. Also the fast “Complicated Mind” somehow stands out as does the acoustic-driven, fragile ”North Hampton Woods” that differs a bit from the usual stuff. The album is available on CD and digital download and we must hope that someone would be smart enough to release Vol. 1 & 2 as a double vinyl album soon…

J. Pasinski

The Luck of Eden Hall Bring On The Second Coming Of "Butterflies"
Psychedelic rockers The Luck of Eden Hall have recently released their follow-up to “Butterfly Revolutions, Vol. 1,” with “Butterfly Revolutions, Vol. 2.” They capped of their “year of the butterfly” with a well-deserved follow-up that was recorded and the same time as the first volume. The Luck of Eden Hall polished up the songs for this new release, which gives the band twice as much material to expand their sound (and mind).

The new album begins with the Peter Gabriel sounding “Metropolis” before diving into their psychedelic rock sound on “Complicated Mind.” The folk gatherings of “North Hampton Woods” breaks up the edginess of “Caroline” and “The Ottoman Girl” as the band seems poised to bring the 60’s rock into today’s world. The band brings out the garage rock with “Realization Loop” and “We Are Not Self Control,” before finishing with the experimental, head-swimming sounds of “A Drop In The Ocean.”

The Luck of Eden Hall has two shows scheduled in March, supporting Jefferson Starship on their appearance at Reggies in Chicago. Check out the band’s website (theluckofedenhall.com) for more information on this rising psychedelic rock band.

Simon Lewis

Terrascope UK
Opening with a similar eastern sounding swirl, The Luck of Eden Hall tread the same musical path on “Butterfly Revolutions vol. 2”, their latest and quite possibly finest album. Classically psychedelic right from the start, “Metropolis” is a fine beginning, sounding like a cross between Plasticland and Todd Rundgren (“a wizard, a true star” era), before “Complicated Mind” ups the energy levels a lively tune with bright production and fine playing all round.

With a beautiful melody, “North Hampton Wood” has a soft pastoral feel, like stepping into someone else’s dream, whilst “The Ottoman Girl” could be an outtake from “SF Sorrow”, which is no bad thing in my book, especially as the tune is followed by the brilliant “Henrietta Lacks a Smile”, gentle piano and weird lyrics combing to create a little gem of a song. The quality is continued on the heavy psych-pop groove of “Flowers”, ending a very strong trio of songs.

Moving on, “Revolution” will make you smile with its lyrics, “Realization Loop” will make you dance like a loon and “We Are Not Self Control” will let you drift in your armchair, the album finally ending with “A Drop In the Ocean”, another suitably trippy tune, filled with echo and power, guaranteed to make you feel good.

George Markou

Gew-gaw Fanzine (Greece)
The Luck Of Eden Hall with their latest release, give us again beautiful 2min. & 3min. psych-pop, mostly, music. Their songs having excellent guitar, thrilled vocals and great melody. For me their best and most representatives to their sound songs are: North Hampton Woods which is a sweet’ n’ mellow pop ballad and Hanrietta Lacks A Smile which is a rather simple song nevertheless in 5.29min coexist a dreamy organ with trippy parts plus a music explosion! In addition ‘Revolutions’ has a simple melody with psychedelic guitar and bass, without strange instrumentations, but it is a great song that sticks in mind!!! Don’t forget to mention ‘a drop in the ocean’: another awesome psychedelic song!! The Luck of Eden Hall is a band full of talent and energy. Keep giving us those magnificent sunshine songs!!