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Greek neo-psych band Arcadian Child will release its new LP, Superfonica, on November 23 via Ripple Music / Rogue Wave Records. Hailing from Limassol, Cyprus, Arcadian Child formed in 2013 and soon made a name for itself via a cool and coherent sound that combines hypnotic psychedelia, stoner rock riffage, and indie rock groove. Potent and intoxicating, Arcadian Child delivers guitar-orientated psych rock blended with ambient elements, hallucinogenic patterns and kaleidoscopic, headphone-friendly swirl.
Superfonica is the follow-up to Arcadian Child's celebrated 2017 debut, Afterglow, a record that immediately established the unit as a buzzworthy band to watch. The LP was hailed as "a trippy and hypnotic blend of stoner rock and psychedelia" by Music & Riots, "an accessibly spacey psych-rock journey" by Treble, and led MXDWN to proclaim, "Arcadian Child are on the cusp".
Arcadian Child's beautiful songs lure you slowly and smoothly into a sort of soothing numbness; the group's use of 60s/70s pop style progressive theatrics call up a web of guitars, keyboards, and drums that thunder and ooze at the same time, and the melodies walk steadily more than they lurch. Try to picture Josh Homme (in "The Way You Used To Do") guesting in a sunny version of The Verve’s "Bitter Sweet Symphony" video for a CliffsNotes reference to the band's sound. Arcadian Child are masters at sounding simultaneously cool as a block of ice and hot as hellfire, but the unshakeable pop melodies are the real key to this album's success.
"Afterglow is a well-constructed myriad of indie and psychedelic rock from different decades. Vibes from the ‘60s , ‘70s, and even today, bring together a well-balanced album. Get ready for a cool, psychedelic experience from Arcadian Child" - PURE GRAIN AUDIO
"with headphone-ready volume swells in the background, a serene version of space rock" - THE OBELISK
"twisted psychedelic beauty. Love the squalling guitars, like sirens out over the eastern Mediterranean." - Super World Indie Tunes
"this record holds a myriad of elements from different influences, including more mainstream ones. There are proggish sides that often makes me think of late 70s Pink Floyd, the meticulous production gives a sound ala Foo Fighters, the singing and groove recall the glory of indie rock, with some Franz Ferdinand like energy, or Ghinzu’s masterful on the darker humored songs. You can only feel at home with this déjà-vu feeling, intriguing you to recognize all these elements." - MORE FUZZ
I love the fusing of Pink Floyd and sludge metal grooves on this album. That description is true, but leaves out the crafty songwriting and personal touch inherent in the songs. Recommended. Tim Halbur
This third studio release from Sergeant Thunderhoof is the best the band have put togther and that is high praise as the first two were pretty damn great stuff. Picking a favoite track was a real chore, and a pleasure as it gave me an opportunity to spend more time with the album trying to pick. Mike Williams