Abrahma - Reflections In The Bowels Of A Bird (Small Stone Records)

Moody, deep, introspective and heavy!
Release Date: 
12 May 2015 - 12:54am

Abrahma are more than just good at quirky album titles (their first was called Through The Dusty Paths Of Our Lives) this band of French psych prog rock stoners also know how to craft really interesting tunes and play the shit out of their respective instruments. Through The Dusty Paths Of Our Lives was one of my albums of 2012, and still receives a regular spin, and as it sits at the moment, almost half way through 2015, Reflections In The Bowels Of A Bird will be a sure thing for my best of list for 2015.

There’s a hell of a lot going on with this album, pretty much nothing sounds like anything else on the record, although it’s all uniquely Abrahma. The 10 songs that make up RITBOAB wander from the ambient to the heavy with lots of trippy in the supporting cast. It’s not like they’re jumping from genre to genre, it’s just that they have so much to say musically and it shows in how they craft their songs. This isn’t a band that just slams a bunch of riffs together and uses the old tried and true song writing formula. With just one listen you can tell how much thought has gone into pulling these tunes together, and for mine there’s not a dud on the album. At times it can be a little confronting in its complexity with layers and layers of thoughtful, introspective music, but the more time you spend hanging out with the record the more sense it all makes.

I wish someone would organise a Small Stone Records tour of Australia, there is a fuck load of talent signed to that label and a tour with any of Abrahma, Freedom Hawk, Lord Fowl, Skansa Mord, Honky and Wo Fat (for example) would make my year! But, in lieu of that at least we have the label releasing stuff like Reflections..., a truly epic journey that gets better with every listen. (and how cool is that album art work!)

If you're a fan of anything doom, stoner, psych or even just want to hear something new and interesting you could do a lot worse than grabbing a copy of this. It's wonderful in its scope and showcases a band in very fine form playing with varying moods and delivering an album that shines from start to finish.