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Ancestors - Invisible White (TeePee Records)

By: Justin Donnelly

[8.5/10] Back to a solidified lineup (keyboardist/vocalist Chico Foley departed last year), Los Angeles (U.S.) based psychedelic/progressive rock outfit Ancestors return with the Invisible White EP.

With any change of members, you can always account for some change in direction, and that’s very much the case with Ancestors latest release. The metallic and heavy elements of the band’s last release have given way for a far more laid back and gentle sound on Invisible White, and it’s clearly evident in the EP’s opening title track “Invisible White.”

The use of keyboards is certainly far more apparent, with the guitars taking on more of a supporting role throughout the slower track. The vocals reflect the mood of the track, and seem to drift along in time to the free flowing and gradual build up of the song (the acoustic start eventually makes way for the keyboard-dominated second half), while the use of violin provides a nice touch around the middle section.

The second track “Dust” maintains the spacey/retro feel of the opener with its semi-acoustic and hypnotic harmonised vocalised first half, with some truly captivating and yet simple piano work towards its tail end, while the lengthy fourteen minute closer “Epilogue” is a sprawling progressive rock work out of mid-’70’s vintage (I’m thinking Pink Floyd’s Meddle in particular), complete with some shining work on the guitar riff front and some impressive keyboard work.

Invisible White is something quite unexpected from Ancestors given the sound presented on their first couple of albums, but in a good way. There’s a real sense of flow and magic within the three tracks on offer here, so much so that the EP seems to feel like it’s far shorter than its actual thirty minutes in length. Ancestors have once again managed to impress with their latest effort, as well as surprise for that matter. If this is a sign of things to come, I can’t wait to hear what the band will come up with on their next full-length release.



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