Palo Verde delivers 49 minutes of quality psychedelic stoner rock.
Psychlona know how to groove, and groove they do throughout a sizeable chunk of Palo Verde. Big riffs and bigger rhythms roll out without haste, while laid back vocals amiably sail across them. Throw in some delectable melodies and a strong drum/bass backbone, and you have the raw ingredients for a very satisfying release.
The music is infused with emotive colour and melodic depth. The 70s-influenced songs are fuzzy and warm, yet have a commanding presence that’s very contemporary. The band operate in a few different speeds, moods, and stylistic areas, making for music that’s nicely textured with a variety of engaging details. Psychedelic explorations, desert rock sojourns, cosmic space rock expeditions, and the occasional doom foray all lend the tracks a staying power that belies their relatively straightforward nature. Ultimately this is down to Psychlona’s strong songwriting skills and their ability to deliver the goods.
Palo Verde is a very enjoyable and gratifying album that’s sure to earn Psychlona much adoration. Rightfully so too, as it is an album with much to offer fans of the style. Psychlona deliver a collection of tracks that’s not only fun, but that has depth and longevity.