The new collaboration between Mars Red Sky & Queen Of The Meadow is entrancing heavy psych that will leave you wanting more.
Mars Red Sky is Julien Pras (vocals, guitar), Jimmy Kinast (bass), and Matgaz (drums), and Queen Of The Meadow is Helen Ferguson (vocals). The latter is a dark folk performer, and the former is a heavy psychedelic band that sometimes describes its own music as a “[h]ulking trippy brand of heavy and psychedelic rock that will take you on a total and extreme cosmic journey.” A collaboration between these two entities immediately makes sense. Their new EP is a three-track introduction to lurking possibilities.
“Maps Of Inferno” is eerie and trippy. A nice combination. When the guitar enters it is most serious. There is a groovy mystical desert vibe that develops early in the song. Ferguson’s vocals step right into a musical world that seems to have been created for her sound. Passing into a windy storm, she returns near the end, no worse for the wear. “Out At Large” is next, and it starts out heavier, clearing the ground before it. The guitar lead comes in, hanging red lights on the stage. The singing here strikes a convincing posture, and you start to feel like she could talk you into anything, into going anywhere; believing. I think I might have joined the order.
The final track is “Maps Of Inferno (shortcut),” and it is essentially a radio cut of the first track. I do like these songs, and it is clear that the collaboration between Mars Red Sky and Queen Of The Meadow is an inspired thought. I hope they release a full-length album because what we have here is very compelling and enticing. The rumor is: that very thing may come to pass. Recommended.
The EP is out April 28th through Mrs Red Sound and Vicious Circle Records on digital and vinyl. In the US, Bandcamp is a good place to pick it up. Links below.
Facebook Queen Of The Meadow, https://www.facebook.com/queenofthemeadowmusic
Facebook Mars Red Sky, https://www.facebook.com/marsredskyband
Vicious Circle Records, https://www.viciouscircle.fr/en/home
Mrs Red Sky Records, https://mrsredsound.com/
© Wayne Edwards