West Virginia-based group Seven Planets‘ third LP Explorer is bubbling over with some stone-cold jams. Funky, fuzzy, distortion and a strong psychedelic vibe are apparent through the whole album. Certain tracks really remind me something of a stonier, heavier Umphrey’s McGee. The second track, Plain Truth In A Homespun Dress actually has a bit of a feel of what might result if you combined the essence of early Black Sabbath with Santana. The title track gives us a spacey, techno vibe with a frantic backbeat that drives the piece forward.

There is a sense of nervous energy, intensity and urgency that infuses the whole album. Apparently the album was recorded during some personally difficult times for the band members but despite that the album on the whole manages to be upbeat even when it verges on ominous. The album has been a long time in the works but nearly 6 years out from the genesis of it’s journey, Explorer has landed.

The album comes from Detroit’s Small Stone Records and will be released on CD, digital, and limited-edition vinyl formats (available in two color variants: 200 green marble and 300 purple) on February 7th, 2020. Cover art by German illustrator Alexander von Wieding along with the limited edition nature of the platter makes this an excellent candidate for the platter stack.

Explorer by Seven Planets

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