Review – Glitter Wizard – Solar Hits
Insert clever cliche here. What if Black Sabbath had mated with The Black Angels? I’m sure it would have been disgusting to watch but if you mixed the music, you’d get Glitter Wizard. This San Francisco 5 piece plays some hard rocking psychedelic garage doom. When I say doom, I don’t mean it in the traditional sense as the music is more upbeat.
Take the 2nd track, “Sacrifice” for example. A fast upbeat song with a very familiar sounding “For Whom The Bell Tolls” by Metallica or “Snow Crash,” a song that almost mimics a punk band covering a garage rock band with use of an organ. Listen to “Mirror Man,” besides the typical guitars and drums, you have a saxophone, a flute and a few other “out of the ordinary for this type of music” instruments. “Warsawng” is a slower paced, fuzzed out, great use of an organ number that also sounds like it could have come out of the late 1960’s. The song gets better as it goes along as the tempo slowly increases. “Summertime” has the ability to be the song of summer in the same way that Kid Rock had that one song last year, but only better. It’s very a fast paced song, almost garage rock like a features the organ and the saxophone once again. Add in a phaser during the end jam for some psychedelics and there you go. It’s the perfect song to end the album and probably their live shows as well.
It’s pretty clear to me that Glitter Wizard had a ton of fun writing this album, maybe that’s why I’ve listened to it at least 7 times and I’m on my 8th spin right now. Stream the album below to hear for yourself. If you like it, and you know you do, you can purchase it digitally through Bandcamp and it’s also available in vinyl as well.
Well? What are you waiting for?