Highly anticipated debut album from Portsmouth based psych aficionados, Is Bliss. Having received critical acclaim for their first two EP's; Velvet Dreams and the follow-up The Honeycomb Explosion, the south coast trio have been busy in the studio and have created a no nonsense, full on, psych induced jewel. Formed via a shared love of Slowdive, Spacemen 3 and Verve, their incendiary live shows have caused a stir across the underground psych scene. On Strange Communication, Is Bliss paint a sprawling sonic picture.
Opening with the impressive grandeur of Belong, the hypnotically charged reverberations of Can't Sleep Forever incite a drug-induced cataclysm. An emotional rawness can be heard in Jimmy Stuart's passioned vocal - this is the sound of an individual desperate to say afloat as chaos ensues all around. Melodic new single All I See Is You is an intimate and confessional tale of love and heartbreak while the mesmeric Fall evokes A Storm in Heaven era Verve, fizzing with effervescent guitars and blissed out shoegaze. Sitar and layers of droning instrumentation create a psychedelic paradise on the visceral Wonder while the album pace is picked up a notch once more with What To Believe, a near-perfect amalgam of explosive sound before the reverb-charged Lost Thoughtsbrings a close to the album.