4 out of 5 Stars!
I love today’s Retro-Rock bands, especially those of the Progressive, Heavy Psych, or Stoner Rock varieties, and Ohio band Simeon Soul Charger easily falls into several of these genre categories. Similar to the music from other Retro acts such as D’Accord, Siena Root, and Hypnos 69, this album whisks the listener back in time to the late-’60s/early-’70s, back to the days when rock was liberally drenched in psychedelic influences.
On A Trick of Light, the fun and melodic tunes seem to encompass remnants of everything from The Doors to Frijid Pink, from Spirit to The Guess Who, with a touch of Cream, Captain Beyond, and even Space Rock and a smidgen of Zappa/Mothers of Invention craziness melded together. Yet even though numerous influences periodically spring to mind when hearing this collection of tracks, Simeon Soul Charger has forged a sound all its own, sometimes poppy, sometimes wacky, and always creative. Just hear the band’s innovative, bluesy, almost “Sabbathy” Heavy Psych arrangement of the classic “I Put A Spell On You” to see what I mean.
Listening to A Trick of Light…it’s like tripping without the acid.