Serpent Power 'Electric Looneyland' LP
Serpent Power, the audacious musical pairing of Ian Skelly (The Coral) and Paul Molloy (The Zutons, The Coral). Their strange musical odyssey continues with the release of Electric Looneyland, the duo's second long-player following on from 2015's eponymous debut.
Some bands invent and invite you into their worlds but none are quite like the technicolour horror landscape as evoked on Electric Looneyland. Imagine a nightmarish sonic theme-park of catacombs, occult mantras, fuzz wig-outs and spacey evocations, inhabited by a plethora of extra terrestrial mutants, far-out freaks and the undead.
Written, arranged, produced and performed by the pair after they stumbled across a skip full of mysterious keyboards, seemingly beamed in from a distant solar system. When plugged in and played they tapped into an unearthly Martian scale with the power to raise Edgar Allan Poe from the dead! If H.P. Lovecraft had been born in the baby-boomer age and opted to form a psych-rock band instead of writing science fiction he would no doubt have sounded something like this.
Serpent Power make 21st century psychedelia that takes its cues from no-one, and is powered only by the twisted wheels of their own imagination. Consider if you will a small selection of choice moments – the clattering drum groove on 'Gates Of Heaven'; the satanic northern soul of 'Witching Hour'; 'Howling' with its atmospheric analogue synths and eerie vibe; or 'Jekyll And Hyde' which sounds like Abba and Sparks trading riffs and musical motifs while bonding in a Cairo opium den. Yes it's that good!
Serpent Power make dark but spiritual music that's beholden to no predecessors, music to help you explore your mind's own corners and recesses. It will seduce all who hear its sinister siren call.
Catalogue number: SKLP014
Label: Skeleton Key Records