Likely one of the best albums I've heard in a long time. A real shame I hadn't found this earlier. While their earlier albums are a little more on the shoegazey side, this album comes full circle and makes way for... Total brilliance. Firmly in amongst my favorite albums ever. Not a single dull moment anywhere.
I'm no kid but this fantastic record made me feel young again. The Lees of Memory have hit the sweet spot of raga rock (1966-68). Yet "The Blinding Light Of Nothing At All" is not at all an exercise in mere emulation. While thoughts of George Harrison, Brian Jones, Procol Harum, Traffic and even The Status Quo will wash over any listener of my age: the Lees Of Memory are exploring and illuminating the moods and sounds of the era as if it were happening here, now. I love this record.
Favorite track: Blue As The Moon.
Because as with most anything Mr Davis touches, this latest album reminds us why we all fell in love with rock to begin with - why we hold out hope for it still.
Favorite track: Hypothetical Shows.
Cover Painting: John Davis, “The Blinding White Of Nothing At All II”, 24” x 24”, glue & acrylic on board, 2016.
Gatefold mandala & label design by Jeremy Withers.
Cover photography by Ethan Luck.
Mike Purcell photo by Nick Slack.
Sleeve design by JTF.
Special Thanks: Nate White, George Middlebrooks, Amanda Bennett, Nathan Hartley Maas & the Deal King, Brie Williams, Hannah Rae, Paul Scholten at County Q, Danick Dupelle at Vibe Recordings, Wes Garland at Nashville Record Productions, Matt Earley at Gotta Groove Records, Adam Dalton at NTS Promedia, Mike Fordham & Lauren Adelman at PledgeMusic and all those who pledged allegiance, Taj Indian Restaurant, Peet’s Coffee, HEM Incense & Satya Sai Baba, our beautiful wives & children, friends & families and God Almighty.
In Loving Memory of Judy Mae Davis & Clara Baker Fisher.
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Armstrong’s voice reminds me of Sugar and track one fits comfortably in that realm, but there's more to this band than throwback. Prolific bandmate Davis compliments with performances and songwriting that differ enough to elevate the sound without creating contrast that disrupts the continuity of so many great records with two strong writers. As usual, strong production from Purcell rides a line between reverence and experimentation for an easy listen that never seems stale or unchallenging. simon lynn