Arcadian Child has proven time and time again that their unique brand of ambient, psychedelic rock is something not to be ignored. Their latest single The March sees the band compound upon this idea and pushes their hypnotizing music to even greater heights – in interesting and bold new ways.
The March takes the best parts of grunge and garage rock and mixes them with 70’s prog/psych-rock to create a record that is hallucinatory in nature, but lucid in its experience. Atmospheric soundscapes and walls of sound wash over the listener as they make their way through the track. It all feels incredibly trippy, but unlike many experimental pieces of music – the intention and emotion of the song somehow never feels lost amidst the sound.
Heavily influenced by Mediterranean and Indian music, The March takes the listener on a journey to foreign lands in years past. It’s refreshing nostalgia that recognizes its inspirations through impactful guitar work and lyrics. Though the individual pieces sound familiar, everything is blended together to create an entity that is contemporary and imaginative.
Arcadian Child has done an excellent job of painstakingly producing and layering every single element of The March. The track ebbs and flows with ease, and the quiet, somber parts explode into bombastic choruses at a moment’s notice. It all reaches its climactic conclusion as a groovy, kaleidoscopic solo pours waves of color on what was an otherwise monochromatic song.
Arcadian Child has crafted a piece of art that can be experienced in a plethora of different ways, but the genius behind The March is that in every case it still manages to convey its purpose in a meaningful and worthwhile manner.
Grab the album Superfonica via Bandcamp.