The latest from the Stone Premonitions gang is really the next step in the Census Of Hallucinations evolution. The Bringers Of Change consists of SP founder Tim Jones on vocals, CoH guitarist John Simms, CoH vocalist Maxine Marten, SP veteran Mark Dunn on vocals, bass and keys, and Barry Mart on keys.
The set opens with a nice Hawkwind spaced out intro with cool Tangerine Dreamy sequenced patterns and trademark foreboding Tim Jones narrative. "Are we losing control of our destiny? Have we lost ourselves in the crowd"? Rise & Shine follows and is a jazzy cool grooving yet dreamy song with vocals by Mark, luscious harmonies by Maxine and sultry swooning John Simms guitar licks. Prisoners Of The Real World is a three parter with a jazzy funky soulful pop reworking of the song from Tim's earlier band Somebody Famous sandwiched between fun wigged out effects pieces. Part 1 is a short jungle samples and freaky effects lead in to the song. And Part 3 is an eerie majestic prog keys meets tribal jungle effects and psychedelic jazz freakiness coda that transitions back to the songs.
Take Me Out features more funky jazzy grooving pop and KILLER scrumptious guitar throughout. The title track is a beee-U-tee-fully dreamy spaced out jazz tinged song. Why We Do What We Do and its '(Slight Return)' crank out more excellent jazzy funky pop with stinging guitar licks. Standing Man is a standout with its ominous yet hopeful lyrics set to a cool combo of skittishly funky electro pulse and jazzy pop. And Take Me Out Again is a gorgeous dance funk jazz grooving and spaced out dreamy closing instrumental.
I mean it when I say that these folks are the classic fine wine, just getting better and better with age. I like the contrast between Tim and Mark's vocals on the songs each wrote. The production and arrangements are of the usual SP top notch quality. And John Simms is one of the most tastefully expressive and lyrical guitarists on the planet. Recommended! - Available through the Falling A Records web site at: http://www.fallingarecords.com
Review by Jerry Kranitz at aural-innovations.com