With album artwork resembling the front cover of a knitting magazine from the ‘60s, pink hair and mustaches aplenty, it becomes immediately obvious that The Galaxy Electric are a band who promise to deliver something extraordinarily different. In spite of their ambition, however, at times, it is easy to accuse the band of taking it too far.
Alongside its somewhat cliché name, their newest album, Everything is Light and Sound, begins with a rather unnecessarily exaggerated, atmospheric opening, more suited to the introduction of a live show in an arena than an album. However, persisting beyond this will eventually deliver, with the more pleasant second track ‘Calm Down’, which blends some interesting instrumentals with the stunning vocals of singer, Jacqueline. ‘Calm Down’, it should be noted, along with a disappointingly large quantity of Everything is Light and Sound, is not lyrically strong. It frequently borders on repetitive, which is unfortunate, as occasionally obvious lyrics such as: ‘pick up your mind and step into time’ reduce the intelligent, eclectic aesthetic which the band are clearly aiming for.
‘Temporal’ was, understandably, the teaser track released early from the album. The song is exciting throughout, and a compelling amalgamation of jazz, psychedelia and pop-which almost sounds like a Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band B-side in places.
Following some peculiar Muzak-style intermediate instrumentals is ‘Luminosity’ – one of the more successful songs on the album. Amidst a few overly eccentric, try-hard tracks, ‘Luminosity’ and ‘Dreamland’ thankfully both provide a blend of psychedelic weirdness that delivers, satisfying that which has been missing up to this point.
A beautiful, dramatic story in melodic form, ‘Murder in the Garden’, provides a floaty tune and angelic vocals to match, once again exhibiting exactly what is expected of the band at a first glance rather than the muddled, over-the-top noise featured earlier on in the album. Conversely, returning to slightly repetitive, ‘Nightmares’ creates a dull, melodramatic atmosphere, and again seems to be trying so hard to ensure its obscurity that its strong lyrics and melody are rendered redundant.
Succeeding this, The Galaxy Electric bounce back incredibly with the best track on the album ‘Doorbell’, which sees an interesting but not overly extravagant melody teamed with beautifully haunting vocals. In addition, wise lyrics such as: ‘time marches on without you, get up, get up, get up’ have much more to take away from them than those that dominate the first few tracks of the album.
‘Please Come Home Soon’ finishes off the album perfectly with a relaxing, reflective tone-which rounds off the album and leaves a satisfied listener behind. Everything is Light and Sound is definitely enjoyable and promising in places, but The Galaxy Electric still have some way to go in ensuring that their desire for eccentricity doesn’t overshadow their music.