Electric Shepherd / Imitation Garden, The
Album: Imitation Garden, The   Collection:General
Artist:Electric Shepherd   Added:Apr 2013

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2013-04-28 Pull Date: 2013-06-30
Week Ending: Jun 23 Jun 9 May 26 May 19 May 12 May 5
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Recent Airplay
1. Aug 03, 2013: Music Casserole
The Imitation Gardens (Part Ii)
4. Jun 05, 2013: maximum entropy
In Search Of The Ocean
2. Jul 06, 2013: Music Casserole
Heaven Don't Need
5. May 25, 2013: The Base of A Dream Is Empty
The Imitation Gardens (Part Ii)
3. Jun 19, 2013: Minding The Gap
The Imitation Gardens (Part Ii), The Imitation Gardens (Part I)
6. May 20, 2013: no way to say
Sometimes I Think About

Album Review
Reviewed 2013-04-29
Electric Shepherd – The Imitation Garden

Local psych-rock trio, heirs apparent to the throne of Blue Cheer: their second release is a really impressive progression from their first, with ambitious, sprawling songs and stronger conceptual coherence. If Syd Barrett wrote songs for Deep Purple minus the organ, you’d have this—more mellow than the bluesy hard rock they hint at, more complex than your average jam band. Frontman Mark Nelsen professes a love for all things Jack White, so there’s a noticeable garage/classic rock element to it; rhythm section Sonny Pearce and Tommy [something] rumble along with subtlety and precision that rivals the immortal Butler/Ward pair. Great stuff all around. RIYL Pink Floyd, Budgie, Lumerians, 70s Pentagram, Amon Duul II

1. (1:32) Groovy tribal intro, drifting guitar leads
2. (6:59) hazy, plodding tune, starts out like a blurry Doors song, crescendos into searing, wah-wah wanking psych-rock.
3. (4:39)** Deep, dark and menacing, light verses build tension that resolves with a thick and HEAVY Sabbath-esque riff. PLAY ON CONTINUOUS, JUMPS ABRUPTLY INTO—
4. (4:58)** Part II, starts with a tasty bass solo with juicy effects, goes back into the song. Searing guitar leads, chilled-out jazz interlude, Sabbath Bloody Sabbath.
5. (1:47) another funky interlude, more angular and chaotic than the intro
6. (7:52) starts with acoustic guitar and waterfalls, drifts into a hazy psychedelic ballad with pretty guitar harmonies, gets slightly song-like with acoustic verses towards the end
7. (2:10) weird interlude, mostly guitar harmonics, strange sounds, clattering cymbals
8. (8:25) trippy jam with twangy guitars, builds into a reprise of the ballad on 6
9. (12:00)* epic rock jam, starts with gently grooving, menacing verses not unlike a Led Zeppelin intro; then it’s some BALLS OUT STONER ROCK, fits right alongside Kyuss and Radio Moscow.
10. (5:17) longer interlude, drums get super intense
11. (7:24) Blues Magoos cover, adrift on a somber, sinister 60s folk-rock vibe with cool tripped out keyboards
12. (10:24)** starts with ocean waves and hazy guitar, crescendos into dark hard-rockin’ psych

Track Listing
1. Totem I   7. A Mechanical Flower
2. The Escapist   8. Into The Forest, Father / Angels Reprise
3. The Imitation Gardens (Part I)   9. Heaven Don't Need
4. The Imitation Gardens (Part Ii)   10. Totem Iv & V
5. Totem Ii   11. Sometimes I Think About
6. Angels In The Grove   12. In Search Of The Ocean