Golden Dawn Arkestrsa

Chil­dren Of The Sun

Classic Rock - - Albums - Julian Marsza­lek

The Texan psych-funk col­lec­tive fails to freak out.

From The Poly­phonic Spree through to David Koresh and the Branch Da­vid­i­ans, Texas has proved to be a fer­tile ground for all man­ner of cults and sects. So it comes as lit­tle sur­prise that Golden Dawn Arkestra come from the Lone Star State. With their al­lu­sions to oc­cult and es­o­teric stud­ies, and the cos­mic and fully whacked out ex­plo­rations of in­ter­stel­lar jazz pi­o­neer Sun Ra, the group’s fu­sion of funk, jazz and psy­che­delic wig‑outs should be just the ticket for both mind ex­pan­sion and sep­a­ra­tion of ar­ses from seats.

Alas Chil­dren Of The Sun, the third al­bum from this multi‑ coloured col­lec­tive, is some­what more pro­saic. It’s not dif­fi­cult to imag­ine that the riot of sound and vis­ual stim­u­lus de­liv­ered by the band is a feast for head and hips in the live arena, but bot­tling that ge­nie has proved irk­some here.

All too of­ten the al­bum suf­fers from a search of iden­tity, with Golden Dawn Arkestra not quite able to de­cide if they’re pay­ing homage or try­ing to drive for­ward. Lovely Day de­fers to Dr John, the ti­tle track un­der­whelms de­spite its best in­ten­tions, while the garage rock of The Wolf is jar­ring. All told, an al­bum ob­scured by clouds.

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