Putting a label on Vanishing Kids from Madison, Wisconsin isn’t easy. A sonic patchwork of psych, shoegaze, heavy rock (a la the 70s) and alternative genres, all coming together nicely and interlocking in a sonic handshake to create an amazing end product of ethereal dreaminess oozed with a vibe and groove so heavy it runs the risk of cracking cement foundations when this band plays live, and when they record.
But, hold on a bit, let me explain. This is a different kind of weight. The psychedelia is unique. In part, Jason Hartman’s guitar playing channels Leigh Stephens and Randy Holden of Blue Cheer with Ritchie Blackmore of Deep Purple, conjuring up this jagged, bottom-ended sound that perfectly complements Nikki Drohomyreky’s vocals and organ skills.
And Jerry Sofran’s fuzzed-out bass and Hart Allan Miller’s Floyd-esque drumming add to the sonic combination. Together they create a dreamscape music that alternates between calm, delicate soundscapes and a wall of guitar-sludge mayhem that seamlessly integrates.
I hear Deep Purple in the title track, “Heavy Dreamer,” perhaps in the manner of “Child in Time,” before switching to a B-side of the Smashing Pumpkins’ Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, before ending with “Magnetic Magenta Blue,” the album’s closing tune.
In fact, I think Heavy Dreamer is a great musical guide since it captures the Pumpkins’ famously different frame of mind. Songs like “Heavy Dreamer,” “Mockingbird,” and “Magnetic Magenta Blue” are highlights. No offence, but these three songs stood out to me among the album’s highlights.
Vanishing Kids is doing something unique here. That heavy, unique music keeps you connected to their voice and vision. It’s a genre-free zone. Every song on this record is a masterpiece of Vanishing Kids’ hybrid sound.
Remember those bands that VK’s music reminded me of earlier? This band will make you desire more if you like them. Heavy Dreamer is in my top ten albums of the year. Heavy Dreamer by Vanishing Kids is the record for you if you like heavy psych.. Get it.
- Heavy Dreamer
- Without A Sun
- Eyes Of Secrets